This was a good mail week for me! Mail makes me so so happy, because it is very rare that I can understand anything that shows up in my mailbox. Usually it is flyers and bills in Japanese. So, here is what I got in the mailbox this week--
A lovely order of soy wax tarts from TenDigitCreations. Oh, I'm so excited for these! Japan has very weird trash laws. You can only take your burnable trash out on Mondays and Thursdays at 8 a.m. Your nonburnable trash goes out twice a month on Wednesday mornings, and your recyclables have to be taken to the grocery store. With all this, it seems like we always have some random bags of trash waiting to be taken out. Don't worry--we keep them behind closed doors in our drying room! Still, our house still smells funky sometimes. These little wax babies are making my apartment smell less like trash and more like Butt Naked and Vampire Venom (uh, yeah, those are the scents I ordered--what, they smell so good!). I don't have an electric warmer, so I just break the wax up and put it in my little ceramic diffuser, which works great.
A Dictionary of Japanese Food, by Richard Hosking. I don't know what I did without this dictionary. Oh, wait, yes I do--I bought potato starch thinking it was powdered sugar! This dictionary has lists of pretty much everything you'll find in a Japanese grocery store, along with the kanji, so you can read what you are buying. Wonderful!
The Name of the Wind, by Patrick Rothfuss. This book has been on my to-read list for a long time, and Amazon Japan had it much cheaper than Amazon US. Since I already read the only novel I brought with me (oops), I needed something to read, and I love this book already! It was recommended to me by a few people, and it is a big, fat 700-page fantasy novel that got amazing reviews. So, this one should last me a while. If you don't think you are a fantasy novel reader, come on...you've probably read Harry Potter, Hunger Games, and Twilight. You are!
So, I am super happy this week! Cash also got some wonderful birthday cards in the mail, so thank you to those who sent them!
Oh--and it's strawberry season in Japan right now, which means you can get lots of yummy strawberry treats. This week, I treated myself to a Japanese snack sandwich--crustless white bread filled with strawberries, mochi, and whip cream. Yummy!
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