Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Japanese Convenience Store Report*

* Okay it wasn't actually in Japan. But it was in San Francisco, which in some ways and some parts of town feels like a distant prefecture of Japan. Genki is one of those places; it's a combination Japanese-style convenience store and crepe stand located on Clement Street in SF's Richmond District. A visit to Genki is almost as good as a visiting a 7-Eleven or a Lawson's in Tokyo, but without that expensive airfare aftertaste. Apart from my usual Suntory Kuro oolong iced tea, here's what I bought:

1) A 1/2400 Aqua Line scale model of a battleship. It's a plastic model of the German Bismark-class Tirpitz, and it's very well detailed, considering that it's less than 3" long. Here's the unboxing:

Aqualine Battleship Collection: German Battleship Tirpitz

Aqualine Battleship Collection: German Battleship Tirpitz

Aqualine Battleship Collection: German Battleship Tirpitz

2) I also bought a tin of Kawai Kanyu Drops, mostly for the tin and not really for the drops. Check out the graphics! I'll fill the tin with a few pebbles, and my baby daughter will love using it as a rattle.

Kawai Kanyu Drops