I'm still not officially back :) but a reader from Canada had a question in the comments here, which I cannot answer. So, I ask any Canadian residents out there. Do you know of any Canadian sources (or places that will ship food items to Canada) for Japanese food, specifically umeboshi?
I am going to try to compile a worldwide Japanese shopping source list soon, since this type of question does come up all the time.
(For umeboshi specifically, if you can't find it locally at an Asian or Japanese grocery, I'd also try health stores since umeboshi is a highly revered food amongst the macrobiotic set.)
OK, let me shuffle back to the inert/letting the antibiotics do their job state now....