A few days ago for lunch we went to a panini and waffle place that had these bottles filled with ketchup and mustard. But there was something new and interesting about them, they had doll eyes, a nose, a mouth and were completed with face structure and everything. They were very elaborate and cool to look at. When you tilted them upside-down to squeeze out the condiment the eyelids would close just like dolls. Creepy yet exciting at the same time.
In all of the convenience stores there is a candy with something special, they’re caffeinated! They are chewy little gummy tablets and come in three flavors: grape(in the picture), a lemon citrus, and spearmint. With flavor and a energy boost this candy is great. Such a good idea for athletes and all day workers. In all the convenience stores it’s a nice way too get energy and have a piece of candy.
This is a tin of Pringles we found at our local 7-Eleven. It is your turn to guess what flavor it is. We will send a package of Japanese treats to the first person to identify the flavor correctly.
Ever wonder where all of the ice cream treats we post about come from? Well, here it is! In every 7-Eleven and most other convenience stores have a cooler/freezer just like this one. Most of them just have ice cream but some of them have frozen noodle or vegetable meals as well. In every store there is a different assortment of of sweet treats. Some are repeated over all of the local stores either because of popularity or because they are 7-Eleven brand. Some desserts may look familiar because they have been featured in previous posts, others have yet to be tasted!
Today we visited First Avenue Tokyo Station, which is located at…well…Tokyo Station. It is an interesting mall complex that includes a number of shops dedicated to Japanese pop-culture characters like Hello Kitty, One Piece, Doraemon, and (my favorite) Domokun. They also have some fun snack food shops; including one featuring all different types/flavors of Pretz and one (which had a very long line) that sold freshly made potato chips drizzled with chocolate and served with ice cream…next time we are going to have to wait in line and give it a try.
We have tried a new flavor of Fanta, it is apple! It tastes fruity and refreshing. Not like apple juice though, it has a more mild taste, more of a sweet light taste of apple. It is just as good as the other flavors but less fizzy. I wonder what the next flavor will be, but they all so far have been very good.
This past few weeks the 7th grade class took a trip to Izu! It was so much fun. We took a 6 hour bus ride just to get there, with a rest stop. When we got there we were greeted by a soft sanded calm bay. Up a hill a little bit was the camp ground. It had about 8 cabins. They were different sizes and were spread out. They all had decks in the front, you had to climb up stairs to reach them, some farther than others. There were bugs in the cabins, some had more bugs than others. My cabin only had little bug encounters but others had found large centipedes. The sleeping arrangements included futons and sleeping bags on the floor.
After we had gotten set up in our rooms we went down to the rocky beach farther down the hill for snorkel tide pooling. While tide pooling we found large crabs, sea hairs, little hermit crabs and sea cucumbers. Sea hairs feel so squishy and they suck on to your hand but thats not the weirdest thing about them: if you scare them (for example, stepping on them) the squirt out this purple ink all over the place as a way to flee the scene from the predator. Snorkeling is really cool because you can see all of the coral, fish and other sea life.
The next day, I had kayaking, also located on the rocky beach. We first kayaked inside the bay for practice but later went around to see more scenery. I went in a two person kayak with my friend, we did a pretty good job at first but we got stuck a few times. Toward the end we went into this cave, it was so beautiful, light sneaking in through cracks, the water so clear you could see to the bottom, rocks towering above and around you. Just so gorgeous and mesmerizing. Then,we went back to the camp and ate lunch.
After lunch we went snorkel tide pooling again, same thing happened at the first day.
But the last day I had surfing, I love surfing. It is so fun and hard. The beach had great waves. The beach was not the same as the sandy beach we were greeted with, it was about 20 minutes away from the camp. I used a short board which was harder to stand up on but easier to balance on.
It was so much fun and I miss it! If you have the chance to go to Izu, you should!
(Pictures: the first one is of the rocky beach and the second is of the surfing beach.)