Capturing Coffee and Pricing Prawns: Wednesday 4th January

This afternoon I went into Shimokitazawa for a bit of a potter, stopping off with James Green at the delightful ‘Bear Pond Espresso’ coffee shop for a wet cappuccino. Allegedly a wet cappuccino has more steamed milk than frothed milk, whereas its dry counterpart consists of the reverse; either way it was one of the best cups of coffee that I have had since arriving here in Japan. Sadly, the experience was tempered somewhat by the fact that I was not allowed to take any photographs of the lovingly prepared drinks, festooned as they were with affectionately crafted geometric patterns. I can only assume that this was a deliberate comment by the owner in regards to today’s social media obsessed society, imploring us to stop taking photos of items of interest and to instead literally wake up and smell the coffee. Well either that or he just hated bad photography.

Thankfully there were no photography police in this particular establishment.

On my way home from Shimokitazawa I stopped into the newish ‘foodium’ supermarket near the station, in order to pick up something for my tea, and to have a bit of a nosy at the prices. For bargain aficionados such as myself, I was delighted to see that every other member of staff seemed to be marking products down, but sadly as I required neither sliced melon nor ‘indeterminate white meat’ I was unable to take advantage of their tireless labour. Walking down the fish aisle I had to do a double take as I walked past the fresh prawns: ¥19 (~16p) for beasts that were the size of my middle finger! Sadly I was not in the mood for any prolonged deveining, and so regrettably I had to move on, making a mental note to myself that I would have to conjure up a dish involving prawns, melons, and the ubiquitous ‘indeterminate white meat’.


About truehamlet

Sam is a senior lecturer in Science Communication, who researches the different ways in which media such as poetry and film can be used to communicate science to new audiences.
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