|Akiko Suwa Traylor at 93 years young.|
I had just bought dessert at Seiyu Department Store (cream puffs---hers has strawberry whipped cream filling).
One of my first explorations out after sleeping for 10 hours is to go to Seiyu Department Store. The department store holds a special importantance in Japan. It has all the standard things that any department store would have but more. When I was a student here in 1971-72, I saw a Renoir exhibit on the top floor of one of Ginza's biggest stores. Those stores always have a gallery space and often exhibit calligraphy, ceramics or contemporary art exhibits that are excellent. These shows seem to be much more exciting and worthwhile than those at the art museums. (Although I saw an signboard about a Van Gogh-Gaugin exhibit at Ueno Art Museum which I will see before leaving. Why not see it here in Tokyo since I probably won't see it in Paris or London.)
|Display of chopsticks (Ohashi)|
|Little ceramic/plastic figures to put on kids' lunches |
(usagi picks, on the left
|Utensils for turning cooked rice (Oshamoji) and cooking|
And then there’s the grocery store in the basement! (I love grocery shopping, especially the vegetable/fruit section.) Again, there’s an area of prepared foods (already hot) set out in time for meals that evening with every kind of food selection from sushi to tonkatsu (breaded and deep fried pork steak on shredded cabbage and rice) to gyoza (potstickers--- this is what I bought for Mama-san and I), containers of cooked rice, cooked vegetables and more.
|Prepared containers of sushi at Seiyu grocery section|
|Packages of bread in 4-6 slices|
The dessert section of the store has cases of cut pieces of cakes of all types, cream puffs with strawberry whipped cream, and right, Halloween decorated desserts. The woman at the counter were even dressed up as bats with bat wing hats and capes. It’s hard for me to leave the store. I’m exhausted but fascinated.
I had to figure out why there were gray baskets being used and then yellow baskets (see the two images). I stood for a while staring and realized that customers first took the gray baskets (some on carts) at the entrance when they came in. Then, at the checkout, the cashier transferred their purchases to a yellow basket so they could put their items into the plastic carrier bags. Hmmm.
Onward to "tomorrow."
|Customers shopping with gray baskets.|
|Customers have gone through the checkout and now have|