Exploring Stores

20200105_183229Knowing I’ve got to do more walking before I head off on my vacation to Colombia, my girlfriend and I headed out into the cool afternoon. I hadn’t checked the weather forecast and was a bit underdressed, but I was undeterred.

We planned to explore a park, but we were lured to some shopping areas instead. I don’t really know how that happened, but since it turned out quite well, I am not bothered by it.  I also took the opportunity to look into a few shops that I have seen from the bus window, but never actually looked into.

The first one that caught my eye was called Toppu Dorru. Considering the area we were in, I expected it to be a Persian restaurant but my girlfriend shrugged off that idea.  When I looked in the window, they had plushy Japanese characters.  A quick examination revealed it to be a store filled with Japanese stuff–houseware, stationery, character goods, bags, and some pottery.  Some of it was cute, and some of it was ingenious–oh how I sometimes miss Japan.

Of all the things in the store, the one that spoke to me most was the cup you see pictured at the top of the page. I don’t really need any more cups, but I just loved the two colour pottery of Japan.  I have a cereal bowl that features the dipping technique featured here and I have always loved it.  This is a little more intricate, but something made me want it.  There was only one of these cups, so I couldn’t possibly get a set of them.  Additionally, of all the cups they had, this was one of the few that was made in Japan.  The others had all been made in China.

At the cash register, I realized that Toppu Dorru was meant to be Top Dollar–It has been a while since I needed to use my katakana skills.

The walk was good. It was nice to spend time with my girlfriend that kept us away from computer screens, TV screens, and all the leftover Christmas chocolate.  We also went to a couple of beauty supply houses, a Persian grocery store, a Korean grocery store, a butcher shop, and a pizza place.  I probably should have had a shawarma instead of the pizza, but mistakes in eating choices are good learning experiences..  Since my fitbit broke a long time ago, I really couldn’t tell you how many steps I have done, but it was quite a few.  I am going to have to force myself to do more with the weeks leading up to vacation, but that was as good a start as any.

By the time we got back the weather had become colder and I was glad to warm up with some nice tea. Just in case you were wondering, I did not use my new cup as I felt it probably needed to be washed first.

About Anthony

I am: equal parts rebel, romantic and shockingly average Joe. a writer trapped inside of an ESL teacher's body. an introverted attention seeker. a teacher who hopes one day to be called "Captain, my Captain." an intellectual who can do some very dumb things. a person whose Japan experience, despite being so long ago, still exerts a strong influence upon him. a lover of books, music, beer, hockey and Pizza.
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6 Responses to Exploring Stores

  1. Sounds like a lovely day.

    I actually don’t mind shopping for unique items if it means I can replace the mass produced made in China crap. The point is not to accumulate more, get the thing you love but get rid of something you don’t simultaneously. 🙂

    I like the cup too.

  2. leggypeggy says:

    Top Dollar! hahaha
    Some smartphones can record steps. Check if you have a Health app.

  3. Jinjer says:

    I really like that mug! Sounds like a fun walking adventure. I just made walking every day on my lunch a goal for January. Unfortunately, it is storming today so I can’t start until tomorrow. But at least I unearthed my shoes from the backseat of the car so they’re ready to go!

  4. Hunida says:

    I always love a day of shopping & exploring new stores! The style of the mug is so cool. 😁

    • Anthony says:

      Thank you Hunida. I like the mug a lot and it will see it’s first cup of coffee tomorrow morning.
      What is the most interesting shop where you live?

      • Hunida says:

        Ooh hope it will keep your coffee nice & toasty but not burn your hands! ❤ There are SO many interesting shops around here so, I don't know if it's the *most* interesting but, I personally like the Asian Beauty Stores in China Town– they sell only imported goods.

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