We were heading to かわごえ to pick up our new cell phones. The way it works here with cell phones is you go sign the contract with your はんこ (hanko stamp). Karl was given a はんこ、so he signed that contract and then we had to wait a while for the people there to set up the cell phones with the server.
|This is a shot of the shopping area in 川越。|
Earlier that evening I had made an observation. What I noticed was that Birkenstock shoes are extremely popular in Japan. Karl and I decided to keep out eyes open for them just to note the price comparison. Well, we walked by a shoe store and there they were. The cutest sandals. They were 53% off the regular price of 1100円 (approximately, which is comparable.) Anyway, so they were on sale for the equivalent of about $60. I tried some on...they magically fit...Karl bought them for me! :)
Aren't they lovely!? And yes, they are all the real deal.
When we were done gazing at the gorgeous flowers we meandered our way to a place to eat. Karl took me to a すし(sushi) place. It was very fun! You didn't order your food at this type of すし bar. Instead, there was a tiny little conveyor belt going around in front of all the customers. We were seated in a horseshoe shape. So the conveyor belt went by everyone then back to the kitchen were the cooks put more すしon it.
So the way it works is the plates are color coordinated to a certain price and the examples are displayed on the wall so you know how much each thing costs. When you see something you like pass by, you simply grab it and chow down! As you eat, you stack up your plates and when you are finished one of the workers comes over and counts the plates and then you pay accordingly. What a neat system!
After our すし bar adventuring we strolled around some more until we decided we weren't quite full. We popped into a cute little place that had pictures of amazing looking dumplings outside. We were right! The dumplings were to die for! おいしいです！(Oishii desu!) They were delicious.
We wandered out way back to the cell phone shop, e-Boom! Yes, that is really what it is called. The cell phones were almost done! I was amazed at how fancy the phones are. Usually, cell phones will cost around $1000. That is correct. A grand. Before your jaw drops to the floor, let me tell you that Karl worked with a friend and found a deal. :) We got them for free with our plan (which is not a bad price.)