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Teikyubi: A Fact Of Life In Japan

Author: Author Unknown, Issue: November 1995, Topic: Shopping

One thing you'll find different about Japanese stores is that they often have a set "store holiday" once a week during which they are closed. Instead of having a rotating staff and staying open 7 days a week, employee time off is concentrated on that one "teikyubi". This can be rather frustrating if you make a special trip to the store only to find you have chosen their day off. Some restaurants (particularly the "mom and pop" family-run type) also have a "teikyubi". Likewise, doctor and dentist offices often have a day or part of a day each week in addition to Sunday when they are closed. Beauty shops and barbers (which are often joint ventures) are usually closed on Tuesdays. Thus, "teikyubi's" are one fact of life in Japan that you need to keep in mind when planning your day's activities.

The following is a partial list of which stores are closed on which days. It should be mentioned, however, that during peak times, such as in December, stores often forego their day off, and then close down an extra day or two in slack season for inventory, etc. The following list, however, will apply to most of the year.

Monday: Itoyoukado (Tsuchiura)
Tuesday: Jusco, Seibu, Heart One, Kasumi Home Center, Joyful Honda (2nd & 3rd Tuesdays only)
Wednesday: Daiei, Seiyu (Tsuchiura), Izumiya (Ushiku), Nagasakiya (Arakawaoki)
Thursday: Seiyu (Ushiku)

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