こんばんは！ Here’s what I’ve been up to this week:
We’ve been terrible about cooking at home this week! Drawbacks of biking everywhere – Monday it rained, Tuesday we decided we’d shop on Thursday because Wednesday was a holiday and we’d both be out, Thursday it snowed… So lots of sushi and sandwiches from the local bar. Above I had duck, shrimp, and salmon!
Cold weather means oden season! I personally think it’s terrible…lots of random squishy things like tofu and quail eggs and fishcakes and whatnot soaked in dashi broth. Then again, I’ve only had school lunch oden (-_-), so maybe at an actual oden restaurant it’s not so bad…? Not brave enough to try the 7-11 stuff though, no siree, not without a sneeze guard!
Wednesday was a random holiday! It was also the day Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them came out in Japan, so I went with my friends Katie, Kayla, and Kristy! It was a lovely day; cool weather means the mountains are visible! We ate at the Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf first, then hit up the theatre, which has a lovely Ghibli mural above the ticket counter! (I thought the movie was meh – it felt more like a missed opportunity for something really fun and exciting than anything else. Magical beasts loose in Roaring 20’s New York? How could you possibly go wrong?? And yet I lost sight of the plot not far in, and the story and characters weren’t compelling enough for me to really be bothered to worry about it, so…)
Thursday was a snowy day! Unfortunately for me, it was the day I had to bike to my farthest school, 8sho, which is 30 minutes away. I threw on my rain coat, wrapped my backpack up in a trash bag and set it in the basket, and took off! Despite the cold and running into a whole row of bamboo trees bent over the sidewalk from the snow (the traffic was heavy and I couldn’t go around them!), it was a fun and beautiful bike ride, and the whole day I got excited just looking out the window. Alas, it didn’t stick, but perhaps that was for the best!
It gets dark at 4:30pm now, so the Golden Hour of photography is much earlier in the afternoon. I noticed it as I was laminating flashcards in the back room – the sunlight made the persimmon tree at first school positively glow! I rushed outside to take pictures, and also noticed one lonely bloom on the cherry tree.
Saturday I had coffee with friends at the Grove Cafe, and the owner surprised us with some delicious angel food cake! Later that evening we went to Carter’s Bar for a live show, performed by Johnny Trio – vocals, harmonica, sax, and piano. We’ve seen the man with the bowtie, Johnny, several times. He plays a mean harmonica! It was the trio’s first time playing together, and the atmosphere was laid back and chill. Definitely an enjoyable evening!
Lastly, today, Paul and I went to the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum in Ueno, Tokyo, to see the Van Gogh and Gauguin exhibit! It was gorgeous. I’ll be writing a separate blog post on that trip in the next few days, so stay tuned!
P.S. ALSO FINGERS CROSSED THIS SORE THROAT DOESN’T GET WORSE AND I RETAIN MY YEAR-LONG RECORD OF NOT GETTING SICK FOR THREE WEEKS IN A ROW because whatever bugs these kids have, my goodness, it’s a nightmare!