It’s been a little bit warmer this week (only slightly, but I don’t have to wear two coats anymore when I bike, so that’s pretty warm for me!), and I can definitely feel spring in the air! But while I’m so, so excited for warmer weather, I’m also dreading the fact that in two, three months I’ll be dying from the heat wishing it were cold again. Tatebayashi (as its people constantly brag) is the hottest place in Japan!
Where to start? This week we had bibimbap for lunch (and I got it two days in a row! Wooo!):
My third graders at 1sho made some adorable sock-creatures:
My favourite was this weird dude:
And the kids were especially excited about the alligator, which they insisted I photograph:
Friday night we went to a show at Carter’s Bar, but we were way too early, so we went to the seafood restaurant Donsantei next door.
Fresh seafood every day! We chilled with the fishes and the shellfish while the waiter nervously looked for a seat for us. He looked a bit shocked that a foreigner (Paul) was speaking Japanese to him.
We attempted to navigate the multiple sheets of menu, but they were so cluttered with kanji that even Paul had trouble figuring out what was what.
So we just got their absolutely fantastic karaage! This is a great place to drink, too – cheap but good; a tap beer for Paul and a (really strong!) lime sour for me.
Back at Carter’s Bar, we listened to Tsuchiya Hideki (electric guitar) and Ishikawa Manami (vocals). Ms. Ishikawa sang all English songs except for one (which was absolutely gorgeous), and we were surprised to learn that she didn’t speak English, because her accent was amazing!
Our friend Katie came over for a bit to knit and chat, and was blessed by the presence of the Aster in her lap (though she was not sanctified by the traditional Three Sneezes of Cleansing, so you’ve still got a ways to go, Katie, haha).
Soon enough, Katie, soon enough.
And that’s that! Yesterday I also made some tsukemono, which will be my next Washoku Wednesday! Keep an eye out for it 😉
Until then, またね！