Grocery shopping on New Year’s Eve in Tokyo is every bit as bad as grocery shopping on Christmas Eve in Belfast. Normally I would avoid doing this but we only got back yesterday. In Belfast, when I wanted to go food shopping before a major holiday, I would go to somewhere like Tesco in the middle of the night. But here in Tokyo we don’t have 24 hour mega grocery stores. Normally I don’t miss them but being able to go to one shop would have made things easier today.
The first shop I went to was so crowded it was hard to get inside. I persevered as it’s the only local shop where I can buy cheddar cheese. The second shop I went to wasn’t much better. I wanted to see the display of crab and fish but I couldn’t face fighting my way through the crowds to do this. I quickly decided that we weren’t going to have any traditional Japanese New Year food and instead bought the ingredients for making chicken soup, Irish stew, and chili. The only Japanese thing I bought was a black Ebisu stout in the hope that I can use this instead of Guinness in my stew.
I’m also not going to eat soba to welcome the New Year. Instead I’m thinking about chocolate and champagne, though neither of those things is likely to help me have a long life.
Happy New Year!