This post is about shopping and things.  I got the inspiration from two books I started reading lately: “Minimalism” and “A Different Kind of Luxury”.  The first talks about how consumerism doesn’t make us delighted about life, and the latter deals with similar issues but focuses on Japan and the lifestyle of few people who prefer to live slow and modest up the mountains and far away from the urban craze.

Thanks to my recent readings I feel bad about everything I ever bought here in Japan, and throughout my life.

I did not buy that much, but in the western world, we can always try to buy a bit less.

Japan can be super expensive, but it can also be cheap. What makes the difference are the numerous options for each kind of product or food you can think of.  Many times the cheap ones are as good as the expensive (especially ramen yumm).
The possibilities for shopping in Kyoto alone are overwhelming. That’s why this post will be limited to a local supermarket and a Loft shopping arcade.
I am not familiar with Loft myself. Israel doesn’t have them (I might be wrong. I was never a big shopping expert.) and I’ve never encountered one in the US.  But I’m assuming it should be a very usual zone to Westerners.

Japan can be very healthy if you eat seaweed all day(which I love). However, a major nutrition downfall here is that ANYTHING, but anything, can come out of a cup noodle packing. 
It might save some time and cash, but it is NOT good for you. 
surprise! Something you were not expecting to find in a Japanese supermarket, Sushi. 
tea stuff
Japan put me under this spell of drinking green tea until I die.

fish and loads of Omega 3

more fish.
(there is much more than that of course)
meat is also available

for your salad

(I prefer olive oil and lemon) 


Love those caps

the first Loft floor (1 out of 8)


They made a family

Most people in America will never understand how excited these things make me. Maybe European folks will. 

Okay! this is the best part !
Japan is heaven for stickers, stamps, paper, wrapping bags, envelopes, and all such things. 
It is a very serious business here and probably my favorite thing about Japan
(wait maybe I need to think about it)


 stamps stamps

ink ink

many many pens


So even if you don’t need a cover for your Tissue Box or never thought about something like this you must get one 

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