Food expenses for the study abroad student: especially in Tokyo, Japan

So one thing your estimates expenses for your study abroad trip shows that is off the charts is the cost of food. Mine alone was over $7,000 for the school year. Yah, shoot me in this face. Nearly gave up when I saw that. The GOOD news though, you can cut those expenses doen by a lot if you just follow my tips.

  1. DON’T  go out for every meal of the day. Sure weekends are okay, have a nice lunch with your friends or dinner and so is going out once during the school week, but not EVERYDAY. Food in Japan is costly. Best believe it.
  2. DO make your own food, especially if you place of stay has a kitchen. And if you’re a college student there, best believe that you’re going to become a chef of making pasta (spaghetti). And I’m not going to lie, supermarkets there have a great selection of sauces. So WHY is this going to become your favorite food? Well, because it’s cheap.org. 100 yen (1.20 US about) for the dry pasta and the same price for the same. FYI, even though some of those packets say “for up to two people”, in reality they go for about 4-5 meals. You can stretch it. LOL.
  3. DON’T stick to one grocery store. Truth is, there is probably another grocery store out there that sells the same thing you’re trying to find, but for a better price.
  4. DO pregame before you go to the club. It’s cheaper to buy some vodka in a big bottle and split the price with your friends. Clubbing takes quite a bit of money, for example, to cost to get there and back, an entrance fee, etc., so yah pregame. Unless ladies you’re confident you can get a guy to by you drink(s) then LEGGO.

Top Places to shop: Keep in mind this is for those studying at ICU, but most of these stores are popular all over Japan

  1. 100 yen shop (equivalent to the 99 cents store)
  2. Gourmet City
  3. Don-qi-hote (Kind of like a Walmart)
  4. Seiyu (Walmart)
  5. Itoyokado
  6. Local Shops

All I have to say is be weary of your money. In Japanese terms it may be cheap, but in regards to your currency probably not.

Best of luck to you in Japan!

 

 

The Cousin in Japan Part 6: Tokyo Tower

My cousin told me that one of her favorite places was Tokyo Tower. We went there at night and it was pretty crowded but not that crowded. It was a good crowded lol. It was about $25 dollars American money in total to go to the main observation deck and also the highest deck and when you get up there the view is amazing. Although it was at night, I really enjoyed it, I’m not going to lie. We were kind of out of it because we both caught a small cold but we had a good time.

We had to wait about 45 minutes until our number showed up on the screen to be able to go to the highest observation deck, but during that time there is much to do. Well, not much but a good amount. There was a DJ playing there and they were also chatting and stuff. The music they were playing was all in Japanese and it was some weird techno-kiddy stuff so it wasn’t to my liking. I mean, I do like Japanese music but the stuff they were playing was blah….

But don’t worry there, there’s views to see and a restaurant to eat at. OMG, I don’t know if it was because we went there on an empty tummy, but the sandwiches they served there was BOMB.COM. No lie yo. We also treated ourselves to some ice cream for dessert.

FUNNY STORY: After our numbers were called to go to the highest observatory, we up went up and hand to wait in line to go up in this elevator that takes you there. We got up to the front of line but the worker-lady  stops us right at the front and let’s that elevator go up. I said to Nyambura, “What if when the next elevator comes down she only puts us on then let’s us go up by ourselves?” Bwahahahaha!! It was so funny. We were like the only black people in there so people kept staring at us and from the stereotypes of black people that the Japanese have of us, I wouldn’t be surprised if some people were scared. Thus, if they did shut the elevator after only letting us in, it would have been messed up. Of course I was just joking but we were cracking up about it sooo much. Ahhhh Good times :]