The Value of a Dollar

In addition to being "a Monday", the weather today is quite dreary. This combination often results in a headache that doesn't go away with medicine or rest, so coffee is in order. So after two cups of ineffectual office-supplied coffee, I made the trek across the street to Starbucks where I ordered a grande vanilla latte and was sticker-shocked when the person behind the counter asked for 496円 … nearly 70円 more than I remember paying the last time I ordered one of these. Just about everything is becoming more expensive, but is the price worth the product or service? For a lot of things around this part of Japan, the answer is leaning ever more towards "no".