Several years ago I was preparing for a study-abroad trip to Japan when one of the program directors told the group of assembled students that we should write our names in our clothes, pledge not to speak English outside the classroom, and plan on buying all our lunches from the convenience store across the street.
I was shocked. Was he seriously suggesting that we eat gas-station hot dogs and potato chips for three months straight? But that was just because I'd never actually seen a 7-Eleven in Japan, and I had no idea just how much really good food a person could find there for not a lot of money. I really did wind up eating lunch at 7-Eleven just about every day, and I'd do it again in a heartbeat.
READ MORE »