Today we got Pizza Hut. I had the "Idaho Special" without bacon. We also rented movies. We got "Secret Window" We both figured out the plot to that one within 20 minutes, "The Village" we agreed it was long and kind of boring, and "Highwaymen" which I just loved but Taka wouldn't
got called into work and after we got take out from a place called "The Skylark Inn" They had excellent french fries but their pizza was awful. It had lots and lots of corn on it and that was pretty much it.
Tuesday we had the big trip to Costco. I love going to Costco. There are actually white people there! wheeee
. We managed to find some cereal, all they had was Kellogs
" but they are just like Frosted flakes. Got some great mystery books too called "The Ladies No. 1 Detective Agency" Here's
a bit of Japanese trivia for you, Japanese homes don't
have ovens. Yes, its true. No ovens. They usually just have a toaster oven. They cant cook a whole pizza or a big tray of cookies.
Wednesday we called "Romantic Day" where we just spent time doing stuff
together we like to do. We went to see the "Koi
" which are these giant fish kites that are all over town, especially near the river, they fly them to symbolize good health for the family for the
rest of the year, the big fish are the parents and the little fish
symbolize the children. The higher you fly your Koi
better luck you will have. They are really beautiful, I love seeing
them all over. They symbolize Children's Day:
More About Children's Day!
It is a day set aside to respect children's personalities and to celebrate their happiness.
It was originally called Tango no Sekku
(端午の節句), which may originally be the Chinese Dragon Boat Festival (端午節). Sekku
means a season's festival (there are now five Sekku
per year). This one marks the beginning of summer or the rainy season. Tango has a double meaning: Tan means "edge" or "first" and go means "noon." In Japanese go also means five (五), which could refer to the date of the festival: the fifth day of the fifth month. From the beginning of history, the fifth month of the Chinese calendar was said to be a month for purification, and many rites that were said to drive away evil spirits were performed this month.
Although it is not known precisely when this day started to be celebrated, it was probably during the reign of the Empress Suiko
(593–628 A.D.). In Japan, Tango no Sekku
was assigned to the fifth day of the fifth month after the Nara period.
Until recently, Tango no Sekku
was known as Boys' Day (also known as Feast of Banners) while Girls' Day (Hinamatsuri
) was celebrated on March 3. In 1948, the government decreed this day to be a national holiday to celebrate the happiness of all children and to express gratitude toward mothers. It was renamed Kodomo
no hi. There is some disgruntlement that, despite its renaming, it is still Boys' Day and it is inappropriate that Boys' Day is a national holiday, while Girls' Day is not.
Before this day, families raise the carp-shaped Koinobori
flags, one for each boy (or child), display a Kintarō
doll usually riding on a large carp, and the traditional Japanese military helmet, Kabuto
and the kabuto
are symbols of a strong and healthy boy.Kintarō
(金太郎) is the childhood name of Sakata
who was a hero in the Heian
period, a subordinate samurai of Minamoto no Raikou
, having been famous for his strength when he was a child. It is said that Kintarō
rode a bear, instead of a horse, and played with animals in the mountains when he was a young boy.Mochi
rice cakes wrapped in kashiwa
oak leaves — kashiwa
— are traditionally served on this day.
~quoted from Wikipedia
Afterwards we went to the Sega Arcade (for us that is
romantic) we played this game where you put metal disks in a type of
slot machine representing "Super Mario Bros." and we ended up winning the jackpot of 750 metal disks. Don't
really know what the point of winning metal disks are, but its still fun to win at something.
Later we went to his friend's house which is the smallest apartment
you have ever seen in your life! His friend, his wife and their 2 children (3 years old and 8 weeks old) all live in this tiny 1 room apartment. I was flabbergasted, but Taka
the way most Japanese families live. The 3 year old is awesome. We took his
" figures apart and drove toy trains over them. Nothing
like teaching kids mass murder. "Magirangers
" are fun, they are the
" but they are better and they sing and dance.
I wake up every Sunday early and watch them
Their baby hated me and screamed every time he looked at me. We went to an "Italian" restaurant
chain called "sazeriya
" where we ate the WORST spaghetti we ever had! For some reason known only to the Japanese they put Tabasco sauce on all their Italian food. And their sauce is that kind of wierd
orange color like when you buy fake
. There was another Japanese man/white lady couple there and we all stared at each other allot
. They put us at tables right
next to each other like we had to have our own section for foreigners.
I spent the weekend babysitting Yoshiko. Saturday we went
to a pond near the house and there were boys there catching some kind of crayfish in it. Tried to take a walk in the woods but Yoshiko
flipped out. Her mother tells me she is deathly afraid of the woods
because of "Snow White" We also got to go to my special Sushi restaurant
where the owner makes me awesome vegetarian dishes custom made to my tastes. I might ask him to teach me how to cook. Hes the best chef Ive ever met. If anyone comes to visit, we are definitely eating there.
Tonight we went to the exact opposite of the Awesome restaurant. Everything there is terrible and greasy and makes me
ill. The owner there just yells at me because he doesn't
want to make
vegetarian food. Fine with me, heh
. I cant say anything though
because the owners are friends of the PILs
. It was Takas
parents, His mothers 3 friends, one of the friends daughter and fiance and the
friends husband. Also I ate a baked potato
with a coffee spoon. They don't
have any forks.