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28/04/2010 James Clarke

Something I can't find in Japan

Nagaokakyo, Kyoto-fu, Japan

Living in Japan there are a few things I find frustrating, although over time I'm becoming more accommodating. A few of these things relate to food like "why is the biggest size that cereal comes in is a 410gram pack?" (doesn't last me long) and "why can't I get non-sugary cereal like Vita Brits?" "Why is the only chocolate available in a bar form a Snickers?" (but I'm getting used to Snickers now) But the biggest frustration is when I get a sore throat and can't find any anti bacterial lozenges in Japan, all there is here are throat candies, which don't do much at all.
Well it always seems to happen around Golden Week (in 2009, 2010 and also 2011) I had come down with a cold and was running short on supplies of Strepsils, so I took a photo of the last pack I had remaining and emailed to Mum and Dad who kindly sent me a couple of packets. Moving forwarded to the present time and not the time of this photo, funnily enough I've had less need of them over the last year than in the first two years here. However we have helped a lot of students who turn up to English class with sore throats, "try this it will blow the sore throat away" and most often it does. So maybe thatís why these don't sell in Japan, cause it might put lots of doctors out of business!
Note 19/06/2011: I took my second trip back to Australia in this May (and I still aren't up to blogging about my first trip back to Australia last August!). After I returned to Japan (May 8th) I enter the most busy period of English Teaching and other work, which is not quiet over yet, but it's slowed for a couple of weeks, so hopefully I can post a few more PBLOGs before it gets hectic again. The good news is busier means making more money, which wasn't true when I worked for someone else... Ah the joys of running your own business...

Nikon D700 ,Nikkor 35mm f/2D AF
1/100s f/4 at 35mm iso400 full exif

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Guest 06-Jun-2012 01:19
Jeez. Deal with it. Whine....
ZoltŠn Balogh20-Jun-2011 12:25
Terrific capture James...:) V
Guest 20-Jun-2011 11:21
I am sure that having to contend with a whole new culture is difficult. I always find your adventures interesting, so blog when you can. Hope you are feeling better soon : ) v
Sam_C20-Jun-2011 09:32
Excellent shot and caption, I wish I could find this in the States! BV!
Simon Chandler20-Jun-2011 05:50
Fantastic capture. The background tells the viewer where the image was taken. v
shatterbug19-Jun-2011 20:39
Hope you are feeling better now...nicely done product shot!
12319-Jun-2011 19:36
Wow, Japan sounds very different. Hope you and the students are done having a sore throat. On the other hand, it appears that there is an opportunity of import business begging to happen. V
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