Just before Hannah went back we did a bit of shopping. That was fun. April 1st was the day that the consumption tax increased, from 5% to 8%. For weeks before this increase the news programmes were running so many doom and gloom stories, how people weren't go to be shopping as before but i didn't see that. People were shopping as usual. I got Hannah a couple of nice T shirts for the summer, a new pencil case and a few other bits and pieces!
|Hannah's T shirts and pencil case.|
We also got a nice surprise! I got a letter from the education department saying that some book tokens had been sent for Hannah from one the local businesses, Hisamitsu! I applied for these book tokens last year, they are given to single parents in this area. I forgot all about them but I figured that we would get maybe 2000 yen! When I picked up the gift cards the total was 30,000 yen (about 300 dollars). I am so happy, all the kids love to read and these will come in handy during the summer holidays. When Hannah and Christopher start with "I'm bored" business we can go and buy a couple of books!!
|the book tokens|
|Hannah looking cute in her new skirt and hat|