One of the great parts of my job as a pastor is being able to travel to Japan once a year. I have now gone to Japan maybe 9 times or so, but this year for the first time, I had a chance to go to a Japanese Costco. Big deal you may be saying to yourself. Costco? We have a Costco here.
And while it is true that we do indeed have a Costco here there are a few subtle differences between our Costco and the Japanese version. For one, the Japanese Costco takes yen and ours uses the more standard American dollar. But seriously, there were some pretty cool things at the Japanese Costco.
It’s so Americanized that even the word ‘entrance’ is in English
Difference #1: I’ve never seen snow blowers at our Costco
The largest green onions I have ever seen in my life
Some steak coming off the fryer
This was an soy bean tofu that I didn’t particularly care for
But it was relatively inexpensive
Mmm, salmon (notice the small bottle of shoyu on the side)
Those salmon fillets look delicious
No samples of these, but the octopus and squid did look good
She didn’t want to be in my picture, but she did open her cooler so we could see the samples
Yup, a big box of seaweed
Can you spot the differences?
If you said Clam Chowder and Bulgogi Bake give yourself 100 points
Inside the Bulgogi Bake
The Clam Chowder was surprisingly good
And of course, one last reminder that we’re truly in Japan is their birthday cake