I will be sharing our climb of Mount Fuji, complete with pictures and video, but that's going to take more time than I have this afternoon. So for now, you must be satisfied with this.
At the grocery store, you can buy little packets of seeds and beans to mix in with cooking rice. It makes the rice a tad purple, but it tastes pretty good, and who can say no to beans and rice? It even reheats pretty well, I think.
And I cobbled together a better-than-expected salad of sorts - half a tomato that wasn't going to keep much longer in the fridge, a long-and-skinny cucumber, a couple shakes of basil, and a packet of soup seasoning consisting of freeze-dried onions and/or chives (not sure exactly what they are, but they had just enough taste to make this modest salad delightful). Lemon juice might have rounded it out, but I settled for a splash of lemon pepper marinade. Overall, I'm pleasantly surprised. I'm usually pretty boring with the food I make at home because I don't usually have an assortment of fresh ingredients on hand and because I don't really know what I'm doing in the kitchen.
Rounding it out with a bottle of something I've never heard of before, Rose Hip Water. Quite good.
I will now profess my love for the hyakuiin (100-yen store). Not only did I get the soup seasoning there, but I found the Japanese version of Smarties. Grape, lemon, strawberry, and melon, in their own single-serving packets.
Bonus curiosity: wine in a can. Nothing particularly special about either the red or the white in terms of flavor, but it was novel that it was in a can and slightly carbonated.