The Underground Mall

H wanted to explore the city some more, so we decided to check out an underground shopping area!

I'm pretty sure this is the best my hair has ever looked in a picture. I don't know why this happened, and I fully expect it to never look this good again.

In keeping with our theme of having more fun, we let H choose where to go on a Sunday afternoon. He picked to explore a part of the city we'd never been to: an underground mall. We thought it would be really painful to drag the kids around, but actually they all had a really good time! The place was huge, way bigger than we expected. It reached all the way from one subway stop to the next, and it was full of cheap clothing shops, Japanese comics and cartoon shops, video game shops, you could really tell who the target audience was! Actually I think it might be my new favorite place to get clothes.

So many options!

Mostly we just walked around and people-watched, but we did find one shop with some kid-sized traditional clothes and we got the girls both dresses and G a little shorts set. It's been a long time since they've gotten traditional clothes! A super popular donut shop was also having a buy 5 get 5 free deal (how do they even make money like that?) and so we let everyone choose a flavor. We each ate one right away, and then we vacuum sealed and froze the other half and had them a few weeks later! They were nothing at all like donuts in the States--they were chewy. But we all liked them a lot anyway! Then we had dinner in an Indonesian restaurant, which was quite an experience (I never know whether to use English or the local language with other foreigners), but everyone loved it! H had an entire fried tilapia that looked very imposing. It's true that it was tiring to walk all that way, but everyone actually had a really good time!