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Introducing Emily

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So I know I haven't updated you guys on my new baby... yet!

I would like to introduce Emily! She was born seven weeks ago today after a 3-day labor, arriving a total of 11 days late.

Born... 
on - February 17, 2017
at - 6:07am
weighing - 3462g
measuring - 48cm



Aiden has japanese kanji characters for his name えいでん = 永典
And we decided to do the same for Emily えみり = 永美莉

Aiden`s japanese characters mean `eternal, celebration`and Emily`s mean `eternal, beautiful, jasmine flower`

Here is a picture of her (right) next to Aiden on the left!



So far, she and Aiden are VERY similar, not only the way they look, but their expressions and personalities too. For now, Emily is not a great sleeper, but I am hoping that will change soon!!
Love!

Fran xx

Supermarkets in Japan

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Visiting a supermarket when you are in a foreign country can be  a lot of fun. Similarities, differences, oddities... and picking up a few items as souvenirs, it is a great way to spend an hour on a rainy day during your travels.

Japanese supermarkets (スーパーマーケット) are no exception. Coming from New Zealand, I can say the biggest differences for me are the sizes, of the supermarket itself, as well as the products for sale. Many kiwis (New Zealanders) shop for a week`s worth of food and supplies at a time, so the large shopping carts, huge loaves of bread, big plastic bottles of milk and liters of ice-cream are commonplace.

I have noticed that a lot of housewives in Japan shop for the day (or a few days at the most) when they visit the supermarket. Many don`t even push a cart, but carry a basket as they get fresh vegetables and fish for the night`s meal.

According to the world wide web, the large supermarket chains in Japan (with the highest annual sales) are...
- AEON supermarket
- Seven and …