Yesterday I was back in Utsunomiya (the next town over) to attend the kindergarten Sports Day. It is a small kindergarten and I was pretty sure it would be hard to park so Tetsu and I made a date of it and went to the town early for a breakfast date and then he dropped me off.
We chose to have breakfast at the new Starbucks that was built a couple of months ago. It opens at 7:00 and besides the muffins, donuts, fudge etc, they also had french toast and pancakes. I went for the french toast with a Caramel Macchiato (how do you spell that?) and Tetsu had a hot dog sandwich and Mocha frappe. Starbucks is Starbucks anywhere in the world I think. The interior has the round pick up counter, the bubble glass hanging lights, the plush chairs, Joni Mitchell playing softly as background music.
In fact the only thing I could think of (besides the Japanese menu) that was different, was the wall that I sitting in front of. But of course, maybe this is normal decor for all Starbucks and they've just added an Asian feel. Anybody ever notice? This backdrop has definite Japanese patterns in it! There are plum blossoms there and the "quilting/sashiko" pattern, Seikaiha.
I thought this was cute too, though you may be able to find it at all Starbucks. A dog leash holder! The picture isn't great but can you see that the hook has the face of a dog?! A little far to bring Choco but I'll keep the hook in mind next time I have her in the car with me and maybe we can take a coffe break together!