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Sticky: A Note For Visitors

To you, the reader who’s found this blog and reading this post, greetings! My name’s Mattie, and this is my old blog chronicling my time abroad studying at Yokohama National University during the 2012-2013 school year. Just a couple of bullet points before you dive deep in:

  • As of this post, this blog is roughly 5 years old now! Although I do hear about things I need to update from time to time, don’t expect the most timely of info! If you do have any tips/updates for me, let me know (comment on this post OR email me at mattie @ this domain), and I’ll gladly update the site to reflect the new information.
  • If you’re here to take a look at an experience in studying abroad in Japan, go right ahead and take a look at some of the posts! It’s not particularly comprehensive or anything — I definitely do that blog thing where I’m all gung-ho about updating it at first and then slowly fall off the face of the earth — but I like to think I have a couple of good anecdotes.
  • If you’re here because you’re going to YNU to study abroad, I recommend my Couple of Notes for Incoming Students series! If you have any questions, comment away, and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can!
  • Lastly, if you, yourself, have a study abroad blog, let me know about it — I’d love to read it, and I might link it in the sidebar too!

Thanks a lot for visiting, and I hope you find my writing informational, insightful, funny, or of worth otherwise. 😉 ◆

Piago

Ask anyone at the Gumyoji dorms back in 2012-2013 about Piago, and you’d surprisingly be met with a breadth of opinion: it’s a pretty good supermarket; the 100-yen Seria store on the top is the best; it’s okay but I like to swing by Gyoumu Super in Isezaki-cho since you get a lot more for your money; the theme song is really, really annoying and I normally try to finish my shopping there before it starts playing again; and so on, and so forth.

Zoom forward about five years since our first visits to the neighborhood supermarket, and much to the chagrin of the collective nostalgia of the ol’ Gumyoji gang, the Piago of Gumyoji is now gone (including the Seria on 3F), as of the 15th of October. I don’t know what’s going to happen to the old building, but if it’s like the other Piago that used to stand in Isezaki-cho up until 2015, it’s probably gonna be taken down and replaced with something a bit more new. Thankfully, there’s a new Yokohamaya supermarket that replaced a different building down the Kannon-dori, so it’s not like the guys living at the dorms this year have to trudge up the hill to the next closest supermarket Aoba.

In any case, thanks for the food and memories, Piago, and thanks to fellow dormmate C.M. for letting me know about its closure. ◆