Shelf-stacking Preacher

The church that we attend in Japan has a congregation of 10 when everyone rocks up. Of this number my family is 4 and the pastor’s family is 3.

I’ve been wondering how our pastor survives financially given the small size of the congregation. I discovered part of the answer on Sunday. For five nights a week he works at a local supermarket stacking shelves and undertaking other stock-related work.

The more I get to know this guy, the more I like him!

Cold Convenience

Don’t you just hate it when you buy frozen products from the supermarket and, by the time you get them home, they’re frozen products no longer? Has your ice cream become just “iced” cream? Have your vegetables become inedibles? Has your cryogenically frozen grandfather become just a wet cold old dude? Fear not, for Japan can fix that!

Just ask the nice lady at the checkout for a dried ice token. She’ll then give you a bag and a free token to use in a machine near the door that dispenses dried ice right on top of your shopping or frozen relative. Excellent.



“Very Well”, I hear you say, “But what about refrigerated products like milk and meat? They’re gonna feel left out in the cold, in the warm.” (The yogurt is particularly narcissistic, presumably because it has a well-developed culture.)

Hold your horses, you young upstart, for Japan can fix that too! Many supermarkets now have refrigerated lockers where you can store your shopping. This allows you to browse at other stores before returning to collect your frigid fungibles on the way home. Excellent.