I found a Japanese store (Mitsuwa) not too far from my house and now I must control the urge to go back and spend all our money (which happens to be zero). I only had a half and hour to browse the store, but that was enough time for me to find the book store, with craft books - the ones I've paid a premium for ordering from Etsy. Everyone who was in the store was Japanese and calm, so I had to stop myself from screaming , "Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee" as I looked. I felt sophisticated browsing the books in Japanese, wondering if they thought I knew how to read Japanese, rather than some fool who buys books they cannot read.
Maybe Diane can answer this question; are Japanese people more polite than Americans? I didn't feel rushed; when I paid for my purchase the clerk folded my receipt and handed it to me with two hands, and waited for me to put my things away, without sighing. I felt like a wreck with my purse of miscellaneous paper falling out, and his actions were quite calming. What did I buy? Not much, I had little time and money, but I picked up some paper products and one craft book:
This is a needle felting book; Felt Mascots. I recommend you try needle felting; it's really easy and a good stress reliever to repeatedly jab a needle into something (oh, it can be painful if you miss). There are some sellers on Etsy who sell kits that you can start without spending a lot of money.
Then you can make this little monkey with bananas. I know, you don't need a monkey with a mini fruit stand, so make it and send it to me.
I will leave you with the cute squirrel holding a cherry.