I had a hard time finding a clarinet in Japan , well a good one. I needed to get one for my friend’s daughter living in Japan when I visit her this year. So when I saw that there was one for sale online , I had to take advantage of it . If you are looking for clarinet for sale, check it out at MusiciansFriend.com . I think my girlfriend in Japan feels that the ones made in the United States are way better than what she can find in Asia. One got to love living in United States because you can get almost anything and everything there at good prices too.
I think one can find a Muji store in Japan quite easily as their flagship store must be in Japan since they originated in japan ? It is like your friendly , neighborhood grocery store with clothing and whatever else you may need in your home . It is a pretty neat concept and I do like Muji very much when they first opened its door in Asia.
Everything of Muji seems to be functional and affordable. But most importantly , Muji is spacious ! and you and I know how much rent is in Tokyo or anywhere in Japan . So they must have some kind of right concept as it is known that Muji always knows what their customers want.
And people who’ve shopped at Muji becomes some very loyal customers and those who don’t even shop regularly , goes to Muji from basics to apparel and then some food as well.
Celebrating my kid’s sweet 18, we decided to have the birthday and dance at our home I don’t think it is difficult as we have some sound activated lights that we can use for the dance floor. So besides food, drinks and invitations and some good music on a turntable , I think we are pretty much ready to get the party rolling and getting the mood set right.
Musicians are a plenty in Japan , in fact , they make it a huge affair to display their talent on the streets of Tokyo with no reservations. And some of them lug all their instruments with them and that must be hard work. Some I notice uses the cougar tube an amp combo that is small but gives out good sound and is good for recording , now that is really smart.
One has to wonder if they are doing this full time or is it for interest alone? I do see some selling their CDs and some other things and of course some people do throw money into a box that is provided by the musicians. But these street performers are very serious with what they are doing and one has got to respect them for it.
Whenever we go on a vacation to Tokyo , we stay with a very good friend. We are very blessed because hotels in Tokyo can be very expensive. So we bring a gift with us and this year , we were asked if we knew where to buy clarinet for our friend’s child who is starting to play the instrument.
So instead of just helping our friend buy the clarinet for her daughter, we are going to bring it as a gift for them. The next time we will ask if they need anything from the West , that way we can kill 2 birds with one stone and getting them something useful. And yes, it is customary to bring a gift when you visit a friend in Tokyo and more so if you stay with them.
Exchange students are often going from Canada to Japan for a couple of months to experience the culture in Japan and to learn some of their languages to bring back to share with their fellow students from home.. Many a times , I’m asked what kind of gift/s do they send to the host family who are taking care of their children while they are away from home. I recommended a few things but I particularly like to give table linens and premiertablelinens.com has an excellent selection that one can order online and have the students bring along with them and present it to the host family as soon as they arrive.
Any host family from Japan would appreciate a piece of good quality table linen as the Japanese only believed in quality and not the quantity of things that one present. And since Japanese families celebrates the harvest month like the Americans , a good table linen would be an excellent gift to present to the host family. They would certainly appreciate it and will use it during the harvest month when they are celebrating with friends and family or any special occasion to show them off to family and friends.
Watching talented young and old people play on the streets are quite common in Japan. With a 1 4 stereo jack and their instruments, from drums to guitars, they are so dedicated in bringing you their best performances. I don’t know if some get discovered but I think that most of these people just wants to perform for the love of it. They never ask for money, but an applause or two is very much appreciated. So if you happen to see these talented people play on the street, do clap when they are done.
Street performances in Japan is a common sight and I’ve written a lot about it in my many years that I’ve been in Japan. The talented Japanese guys and girls spare not change when it comes to buying their musical instruments and costume for their performances. My nephew who lives in Japan had asked me to bring a pro bass box for him this summer when I am on vacation in Japan and although my sister isn’t so keen in him performing on the street, I feel that it’s a really cool thing to do and experience. I say go for it just as long as he isn’t doing drugs or drinking alcohol or fighting on the streets.
If you are in Okinawa, don’t forget to try this bitter melon burger, you will be quite surprise at its taste because i myself, do not like bitter melon that much but I must say for $3.00 it wasn’t a bad burger at all. Of course, one has to have some goya rings too – at $2.50 a pop, why not?
Menu from one of the fast food restaurant where you can get your Goya fix (bitter melon).
Store front of one of the goya burger fast food store.