Hello all! Just a quick post here of what’s been happening with us this month.
After our fantastic trip to beautiful, cool, verdant Sydney, we returned to hot and humid Tatebayashi. (Today was particularly awful – it was only 25C/75F, which is pretty low for this time of year, but the humidity made it impossible to walk two feet without getting drenched in sweat. Gross!)
To beat the heat, we had kakigori last week, one of my favourite Japanese treats! I had mango cream, Paul had yuzu (Japanese lemon), Katie had pineapple cream, and then Katie and I shared an ume (Japanese plum) cream kakigori:
Paul and I also had ourselves some delicious yakiniku (I had beef donburi):
And I took a few pictures of school lunch (fish, strange daikon salad, and slimy mushroom soup in the first; beef stew and delicious daikon and cucumber salad in the second):
I tried my hand at knitting a cactus (will continue to practice):
My wonderful friend Ayano invited me to come and watch her daughter’s calligraphy lesson! Her teacher is a famous calligrapher and teaches from her house.
There were two other girls there. They each were given a word to practice, over and over:
Ikiruchikara – “the power to live”
Amanogawa – “the Milky Way”
Jyooubachi – “Queen Bee”
Such cool words! Apparently most children take calligraphy classes the same way many of us in the States take music lessons or do sports outside of school. These girls were on their third and fourth years, so they must have started when they were around 6 years old! I was really impressed by their work.
Afterwards, Ayano and her family took me to Ora Tower in the town over. It’s got a lovely view!
Then they took me to a wagashi shop! Wagashi is the word for traditional Japanese confections. I ended up with a box of manju; my favourite was the ume manju (bottom right)! I also got (clockwise) yuzu, cafe au lait, a donut, and some mochi Ayano snuck in for me.
Thank you, Ayano, for being such a kind friend!
I shall finish up with our cats: mosquitoes have been finding their way into our apartment in the screens, and the cats have been alerting us of their presence. Also, Olive’s toe beans are cute.
‘Til next time! あたね！