I was on a strict budget in Japan. I knew before I came to Japan that life here was expensive. I was extremely blessed to have a great scholarship that allowed me to have everything necessary paid for – but I also wanted to enjoy myself a little. What’s the point of traveling abroad without a little fun, right? It can’t all be work. 😉
My guilty pleasures in Japan were definitely sweet treats. I stopped in every bakery that came into my view to enjoy the beautifully displayed pastries that were almost too pretty to eat. I have a huge sweet tooth! Although I love a sugary dessert, I did want to keep it healthy once in awhile to offset all of that processed sugar.
I found a gem while browsing through the LOFT Okayama building. I went there often out of boredom because it has a LOFT, which is filled with tons of awesome stuff! There were also a lot of really cute clothing stores that were outrageously priced – but hey, I can look right? 😉 I actually managed to score a few sales there by the time I left.
In the middle of all those floors is a tiny juice stand tucked into a corner. When I first saw it, I was intrigued because it had huge baskets of fresh fruit outside and people were always queuing to buy their juice. They even mix fresh strawberries or bananas with milk! It was kind of expensive, but with sweets I’m usually in a YOLO mood so I just went for it! And got seriously hooked…
My favorite was the kiwi juice! And the awesome workers who had full dreads. They actually spoke English to me, which surprised me because usually people here are very shy to speak English with me. They seemed to be in the music scene because they had a lot of posters for bands that looked Indie maybe? Overall, the vibe was just really cool and didn’t really fit with the whole LOFT Okayama department store feel. They were nice and made delicious juice. I will not question it! 😉
Sigh, I still regret never trying the maccha milk. Or the banana milk. Or the apple juice! It’s too bad they don’t mix flavors, because that would be next level delicious! At 400 yen a pop, it was definitely expensive but the flavor was on point. I miss it!