Sunday, June 7, 2009

Convenience Store - part 2

In theory being able to buy tickets for something at the convenience store sounds great. In reality, not so much. The website for the museum I wanted tickets for had great step by step instructions in English for the handy machine which I printed out and took with me. This particular museum requires one to purchase tickets in advance, not all of them do. When I got to Lawson I found the machine and just stared at it for a while. Nothing matched up to my pictures and there was no magic 'ENGLISH' button. So I just started pushing buttons. No luck. I walk up to the cashier, 'Sumimasen?' and showed him my printout. I wasn't sure how I was going to convey, 'I need tickets for the Ghibli Museum, 3 adults, 2 children between the ages of 12 and 18, two children between the ages of 5 and 12 and 1 ticket for the 4 year-old. I just said Ghilbi Museum. He lit up! Hai! Yeah!! We are in business. So he starts pushing buttons. When he got to the credit card page - I gave him my card and he had to translate my name and number into Japanese. He used the backspace bar a lot. Then there was a calendar page with numbers that I could understand. So I know I got that right. But then the screen to order individual tickets was a little confusing. All I could understand was that there was a ticket for 700 yen, 400 yen and another for 400 yen. On my sheet there were 4 choices. Hmmm. I decided to purchase 2 - 700 assuming that was an adult and then 4 of the first of the 400 Yen, but not one for my little guy. Maybe he was free? Because on my paper he was supposed to be 100 yen. I am thinking I can't go to the museum without a ticket for Connor as they might not let him in. I guess I'll go back and buy one more 400 Yen ticket. I am going to go to a different convenience store though as I am too embarrassed to return to the original place of frustration. I have to assume that if I bought all the wrong tickets they will reimburse/exchange them for us at the museum and chalk it up to the stupid gaijin. And that process will probably take a half an hour.

Jill, we WILL be going to the Ghibli Museum on Wednesday at exactly 10 AM.

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