北海道JaLS STAFF BLOG

2013年03月のアーカイブ

SALE at supermarket every night !

2013年03月26日 19:52
カテゴリ:Living in Hokkaido

As a jobless people in Hokkaido, I always find ways to keep my monthly expense low whenever possible. And it’s my pleasure to share this information to all JaLSers so that we can enjoy cheap but good food together  🙂

 

Half-priced supermarket bento

In Japanese supermarkets, you can buy prepared food such as deep-fried food, cooked rice and bento (Japanese lunchbox). All of them are cooked and are ready to eat. Supermarkets prepare bento every day and try the best to sell them out before closing time. The best way to clear the food cabinet is DISCOUNT!

 

If you visit supermarkets at around 6pm, you can see DISCOUNT STICKERS (usually in red and yellow) on bento and fresh meat products. Take for an instance, a tag of ‘50円引き’ means you can buy the bento 50 Japanese yen cheaper than marked price. If you are patient enough to wait until 7.30pm, you will be able to purchase bento at 50% off(半額)!

Supermarkets usually the 半額 tag around an hour before closing time.

 

 

Seicomart

You can find 7-11 and LAWSON almost everywhere in Japan. However, you can find Seicomart ONLY in Hokkaido; and the prices of Seicomart food products are very reasonable.

 

You see the below lovely ice-cream produced by Seicomart.

Though each only costs JPY 100, it tastes great!

 

Next time, let me introduce you good and cheap restaurants in the city   (^^)/

 

 

 

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コタツ ♡ our best friend in Hokkaido winter ♡

2013年03月15日 16:39
カテゴリ:Living in Hokkaido

Which of the following is the best to keep you warm in the severely cold winter in Hokkaido? Scarf? Down jacket? Kairo?

 

No~ No~ No~ Not my pick!

I will choose kotatsu (コタツ)

 

Don’t know what kotatsu is?
It is a piece of lovely equipment (maybe I should say it a kind of furniture since it is always accompanied with a table) to keep you warm in winter.

In the old times, Japanese put burning charcoal under tables then covered the tables with large thick cloth. People then sat a ring round the tables to keep themselves warm. Nowadays, kotatsu is a kind of electronic appliance which no longer requires burning charcoal.

 

It’s time for me to get back into kotatsu (^v^)/
See you next week!

 

 

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Walk! Walk!! Walk!!! Let’s rock on the snow ~

2013年03月11日 16:51
カテゴリ:from Hokkaido JaLS

Who says staying indoors is the best activity in Hokkaido winter?

We JaLSers ran out of classrooms into the snow mountain in Maruyama Park (圓山公園). The snow there was so thick that you could hardly walk. At this time, you will find snowshoes the greatest invention in the world :p

A snowshoe is footwear which enables you floating on (walking over) the snow without completely sinking into it. The gear works by distributing a person’s weight over a large area … clever!

Energetic JaLSers hiked, snowballed each other and played suberidai (滑り台) regardless the cold weather and strong wind until sunset. Following rounds of fight and slide, we took rest in small log house and had a cup of hot sweet corn soup …  It’s so nice to be alive (haha)

We had a great time in the log house by having great soup and chatting with local Japanese. However, it’s high time to go back home.

Goodbye, the lovely log house, tasty sweet corn soup and fabulous night view from the Maruyama Park (^v^)/

 

 

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