Three of my girls decided to teach me a new Japanese word today…koma. It’s a top. They were decorating and playing with these big wooden tops today.
We have embraced the Japanese obsession with Gachapon toys. You know those machines that you put a quarter into and you get a bouncy ball or a sticky hand? Well they cost about $2 to $5 here and they have some of the most random off the wall stuff. We can never go shopping without checking out the rows of machines every store or mall inevitably has. Actually, at the malls, there are rows and rows of these machines in at least a half a dozen different spots.
One of my latest (useless) purchases was a polar bear:
It’s super cute and I love polar bears, so how could I pass it up?
The hot toy of the season are the watches from the kids show Yokai Watch. I’ve heard that they’re sold out everywhere and when a store gets a shipment, there are people lined up to buy them. I saw some at EcoTown, a second-hand store, in Kobe:
They are selling the watches for 3-4x retail price, depending on the model. Crazy!
September 1st is the first day of semester #2 (of 3) in the Japanese school year. Because it fell on a Monday, my first school to work at this semester was one of my kindergartens. The students were hyper, as I expected, and it was an exhausting but fun morning. After lunch, we played with these construction toys and made robots!
I was supposed to have a 1 Day English Camp with some local elementary school kids today, but with the past 3 days worth of heavy rain, it got cancelled. I ended up taking a vacation day instead because I needed to run some errands. My car needed a new windshield wiper, which has become pretty necessary with the rains. We needed a few other household odds and ends, so I ran around the city picking things up. While I was out, I took pictures of interesting (to me) things that I saw. Enjoy!
Awesome looking books that I want, but didn’t want to spend $30 on:
Is that toy a boob?
Very bizarre display case:
I absolutely NEVER win these claw grabber games…until today! SWEET!
They’re micro figures…I think to use with scale model stuff like train sets:
One of our friends here hates cicadas, so…
Decided to try the new Tofu McNuggets for lunch:
Couldn’t pass up 1/2 price Marvel toys!
So, that was a lot more than 1 photo for today. Going for quantity, not quality this time