As I have posted before, every morning we do English Time.  I noticed that we were coming to the end soon of our Explode the Code workbook.  (He does one page in that series daily.)  I checked, but it was not in stock.  Oh no.

So for the first time ever, I ordered from Book Depository.  I got these three books.


I know amazon gets a bad rap a lot, but I like it because it is so friendly to international customers.  Plus, you have to have lived in the pre-Internet days in Japan to truly appreciate online shopping.  Before we had internet, book shopping meant a trip to Chiba City or Tokyo for me.  I used to live in the north part of Chiba Prefecture (the prefecture east of Tokyo) so this was okay.  Now, however, living in Fukushima means that I can NOT just run to another town for a textbook.  And inside Fukushima City, the bookstores offer VERY little English materials.  Very little.  So, to sum it up, I’ve always liked amazon.

However, I did want to branch out a bit and I think Book Depository worked well for us.  Shipping was free.  My only complaint is that it took longer than I expected–I think around two weeks?  But I was fine with this.  I don’t wait until the last minute, so I have time to spare.  However, if you are in a rush, this may be a problem

Moving on:

Well.  I know I have posted about this before, but once upon a time (just a couple of years ago) I couldn’t find anything Easter in Japan.  Now the businesses are recognizing the lucrative value of this holiday.    And I fell victim to this commercialism, obviously:



And my son did not even want to eat this stuff.  Too cute and pastel for him.  I am sending some to the States as presents.


My husband bought my son this carroty-apple pie flavored chocolate Kit Kat.  Yes, you read that correctly.  My son ate it and said it was good.  Now, I know that if I had bought it, my son would never have tried it.

My son has a bit of a different relationship with his dad than with me.  He’s a man around his dad and wants to please him.  With me, he is  a little boy who likes to be a goof.  I think it is a good combination.  Sweet and sour.

(I personally thought the orange Kit Kats were gross!  I like my chocolate chocolatey.)