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23 June 2006 @ 10:51 pm
Refried beans too...........  
To add to my "wtf, Tokyo food is SO expensive" I prove to you why eating out is cheaper than buying food in the supermarket...

Refried beans are one of my favorite foods. Within the canned food variety, at least. I love them! However, I can buy this specific brand of refried beans for 35-50 CENTS in America. That's roughly 50 yen.. That is a price increase of 1000% here. One thousand percent. I mean, wtf?!

Actually refried beans are rare here. I've only seen them in three different stores, two of them international supermarkets and the other one Costco (also international of course). Both times in Tokyo, they were this price, and both times I left without any of my beloved refried beans. I love mexican food. I love it so much!

Some food in Japan is crazy expensive, that's for sure. I only show pictures of the worst examples. Before I moved here, it never even occured to me that I wouldn't be able to buy mexican food and there were no Taco Bells accessible to the public (There is supposedly one on the American AFB, but even though I am an american citizen, I am not allowed on it by myself. Fair it is not. Poo on them.)

Tonight I just came back from a mexican restaurant with Eda (I call it mexican, but it's just El Toritos, which is yes, the same American chain prevalent in the SW, and yes their food is poser mexican), so I win over the expensive beans. It's my victory tonight, expensive can of beans (of doom!). Laugh while you can!!!!! Mwahahaha!!
Katrina: massu by sourditeeveranangel604 on June 23rd, 2006 02:01 pm (UTC)
In a bit more than a week, I'm going to be on the Atsugi Naval Base with my family. Shall I report on the food that they have over there? XD I know from past experience that stuff in the military bases tend to be cheaper.
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on June 23rd, 2006 02:03 pm (UTC)
I would love to hear what I'm missing! ^^ (I would love a present of Reeses Peanut Butter Cups even more though! ^^)
Katrina: akira stairs by mtrigiconseveranangel604 on June 23rd, 2006 02:22 pm (UTC)
Hehe, I'll see what I can do! ^^
tenikime: Got it Memorized? A-X-E-Ltenikime on June 23rd, 2006 02:24 pm (UTC)
your victory definatelyXD
Chiakichiaki777 on June 23rd, 2006 03:35 pm (UTC)
There is a Costco somewhere in Chiba or Tokyo. Find it. Buy in bulk. it's cheaper. ^_^
Chiaki: Nyo?_Tired_hahahahahachiaki777 on June 23rd, 2006 03:36 pm (UTC)
I'll ask my friend in Chiba on where it is specifically if you need it.
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on June 23rd, 2006 04:03 pm (UTC)
I've already been to the closer Costco (not in Chiba, on the other side), as I said in my post. ^^
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on June 23rd, 2006 04:03 pm (UTC)
But the sucky thing is, it's really inconvenient to go to Costco without a car. I can't carry enough stuff home to make the trip (more than $15 round trip train fare, plus more than 30 min of walking) worth it.
(Anonymous) on June 23rd, 2006 05:33 pm (UTC)
doh, right. Good point -_-
Yuviyuvi on June 23rd, 2006 03:38 pm (UTC)
Wow.. so over all food in the grocery store is expensive uh? Some more than others of course. Wow.. I never really thought about all that either. Interesting.. and sucky.
C L O V E R: Host Club :: Fuckidyllica on June 23rd, 2006 03:57 pm (UTC)
Ack. Ihatefriedbeans. Actually, I don't really hate beans but I certainly dislike it. I'll try to stuff my bag with cans of food for you. :D
C L O V E Ridyllica on June 24th, 2006 05:14 pm (UTC)
Eh. Hi-chan, if you could. Tell me what you want from America so I can get it for you like food or whatever. Just tell me and I'll get it for you. ♥
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on June 24th, 2006 10:09 pm (UTC)
Reeses peanut butter cups!! ^^ And whitening toothpaste... and fruit rolls!! Mmmmm fruit rolls!! <3
C L O V E Ridyllica on June 25th, 2006 01:37 pm (UTC)
If you need more items, just tell me because :D you know I'm going to be there in Japan and meeting up with you! :D I should write this down.
Anguilaelectragretchen on June 24th, 2006 12:43 am (UTC)
Ey, you like mexican food? That's all =D
We have Costcos in Mexico, i didn't know that there're also in Japan.
Insomniainsomnia on July 1st, 2006 04:49 am (UTC)
"wtf, Tokyo food is SO expensive"

I was thinking about that today, when I bought 3 pounds of soba noodles for $2.50 and fresh yellowtail imported from Asia for $2 a pound.

There are numerous large Korean supermarkets here in the Silicon Valley which have become an essential part of my life. A very large part of the supermarket is turned over to Korean-made foods primarily geared to the Japanese market... the big difference being that you can actually buy them here for cheap!

I mean, how much would this meal cost in Japan?!

1 bundle of cold soba noodles with soba tsuyu - 25 cents
topped with a 9 oz. grilled yellowtail fillet - $1 ($1.99 a pound)
seasoned with ponzu sauce - 5 cents
garnished with seasoned sesame seaweed slices, bonito flakes, and ground ginger - 10 cents.

So, how much do you think that $1.40 meal would cost to prepare in Tokyo?!

Really, it seems to me that the absurd food prices must have something to do with the cost of real estate being so high, and the general high cost of living... you'd think that there'd be a lot of people running businesses out of car trunks, bringing in inexpensive imports for resale. Hm.

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