IKEA in Japan is pronounced "ee-kay-ah", so you'll get confused looks from Japanese people if you pronounce it the English way. IKEA is a daytrip, an experience- not just a stop to stock up on a few essentials.
We drove to the branch in the depths of Kanagawa prefecture, presumably near Yokohama and it felt like we weren't in Japan anymore due to the gigantic, multi-leveled parking lot. I mostly like IKEA for the food, so the afternoon started with a potato and meatballs meal, complete with a selection of bread. Even though this is a typically Swedish meal, it felt Canadian and reminded me of home. Maybe because the last time I went to IKEA was about four years ago.
As usual I only had a few must-buy items on my list, but I left with about ten times that amount, yet for a surprisingly low price. I was able to furnish my whole apartment, from furniture to dish ware and towels and candles and gingerbread cookies and jam for a ridiculously low amount of money.
The day ended with the obligatory hot dog and ice cream stop- what a healthy day! I burned off those calories by riding the cart around the parking lot for a few laps. Fun times!
I love going to IKEA. It feels like home, and even though it's in Japan, it's still full of pushy people and crying babies in strollers, which almost felt comforting. I highly recommend taking a trip to IKEA if you just moved to Japan. Many major stations offer a bus service that go there directly.
|Hot dogs- which I hadn't eaten in years!|
|Me being silly|