昨日はなにもするきになれなくて何も書かないまま寝てしまいました…:

At the start of moving into a new place you have, almost, nothing.
Just what you brought with you and nothing much else.
So, I needed to go shopping for random stuff I would be much more comfortable having.
For me, this generally starts with my computer and is followed by the kitchen.
My two main workspaces.

醤油でしょみりんでしょ味噌でしょ料理酒、酢、ブラックビーンペースト、煮干し、昆布、しいたけなどなど。
平日の昼ご飯はほとんどスープ系のもの+ご飯にする予定なので出汁が出るものを買いました。
今週の場合以上のどれも使わず鶏ガラでとった出汁を使いました。
肉も色々買ったのでしばらくは肉の買い物をせず野菜だけを買うことになります。
しかし全部揃ったのはいいのですが全部で1万弱・・・
しゃあないか、生活に必要なんだし。
でも来週からは目指せ一週間2千円前後。

Dried stuff apparently makes good soup stock material.

Dried stuff apparently makes good soup stock material.

To get all of this I went down to Richmond.
A couple of friends I was meeting to hand some omiyage over drove me there since they were on their way there as well.
I remembered Richmond being a town of the Chinese but it struck me again how Chinese it was.
There is a supermarket down there called Osaka.
Osaka as in the prefecture of Japan west of Tokyo and just north east of Shikoku.
Decorated in all red and yellow for Chinese New Years, you would assume it was a Chinese store, and not a Japanese one.
Frankly, it is a Chinese store with some Japanese and Korean sections in it.
Interesting how everything gets mixed together here.
I guess that’s just Canadian culture in a way.
Maybe it’s because I just came back from Japan where everything Japanese was so Japanese but it was strange to see something labelled in Japanese be so Chinese.

Chinese Osaka... Don't know how I feel about it but I'll get back to accepting that this is how it is soon enough.

Chinese Osaka… Don’t know how I feel about it but I’ll get back to accepting that this is how it is soon enough.

ちなみにカナダで日本の食品買おうと思ったら高いです。
こんにゃくが$2.50位。
日本では百円だったのに・・・
ダイソーも百円じゃなくって$2になってるし・・・
税金も5%から12%へ増加。
レストランなどにいくときはチップと言って15%払わないといけないし・・・
値段は大して変わらないのに15%上乗せって高い気がする・・・
まあ、それがこっちでは普通だからしょうがないか。
外で食べないモチベーションが一つ増えた。