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16 February 2011 @ 12:43 am
Yakigaki!  
Not much to say about Valentine's Day itself. softlykarou and I went out to Michizure, the local slightly upscale restaurant. I suspect that it's also a hotel, since the building is huge and only the lower part is ever used for eating (it also seems to be empty all the time, so I have no idea how they make their money). I have to give them props for having some food that, when I ordered it 激辛 actually was "very spicy." They asked me if I would be okay when I ordered it, and then they brought out a huge glass of water with it. I actually probably should have just gotten it at regular level, because the extreme spicy drowned out any other flavor that it had--just sesame and burning. I'll have to try tantanmen at another time.

Last weekend, we spent most of it in Hiroshima City, except for the part we spent on Miyajima for the Oyster Festival. The festival was pretty small--mostly just selling food, which I suppose is in character for a festival about oysters. There was kagura as well, but we didn't stay to watch. What we did do, though, was eat. I had probably the best soup I have ever had there from one of the stalls. It was kind of like egg-drop soup, but apparently made using oyster-flavored soy sauce and with green onions (heh. The initial urge there is to type ネギ (negi). Just like I'll probably call bok choy 白菜(hakusai) for the rest of my life). We even got a packet of the soy sauce to try ourselves, so maybe I'll see if I can replicate it.

Other than that, we had oyster okonomiyaki, oysters in a garlic sauce, and softlykarou had some oyster croquets. We did not, contrary to the post title, have any fried oysters. I just included it because it's an awesome word.

I also went to two gaijin bars in two nights, which is more than I usually go to in a year. The drinks were tasty, though, and not watered down like the karaoke places do during 飲み放題 (nomihoudai, "All you can drink") specials.

I just watched an article about Supper Clubs in Paris that was actually pretty inspiring. It makes me want to open a supper club when we move back to America. It wouldn't work here, obviously, because of spread-out nature of things and the rural area (it might work if we lived in the city), but since every university softlykarou is looking at is in a major city, there will be plenty of people around. It'd be a nice way to meet people and keep me from descending into total moody hermit-dom.

*Sigh* There aren't enough hours in the day to study Japanese, work on my writing, keep up on the articles I read through RSS, eat, spend time with my wife, sleep, etc., and this is me without a job. I can only imagine how I'll fit things in when I go back.
 
 
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Nancynotthecheat on February 16th, 2011 04:10 pm (UTC)
That supper club video was so cool. Of course as a bit of a hermit the idea of inviting bunches of strangers into my home is a bit terrifying and the accountant part of my brain was like "who is paying for it all?", but what a great social networking outlet. My parents were part of a dinner club back before they had kids, but it was more of a rotating thing where a set group hosted a dinner in their home every so often. It was still a great way to meet people and they made some long standing friendships that way.
dorchadas: Slimedorchadas on February 17th, 2011 04:49 pm (UTC)
I've gotten simultaneously more withdrawn and more extroverted here. While I spend a lot of time at home alone, I've had to adapt to crowds of Japanese people at festivals pressing me with food and alcohol. :p

And on top of that, there's the whole, "If you do not talk to anyone, you will never learn to speak Japanese" thing...

I'm a bit surprised they didn't mention the cost. It seems like food and drink for 90-something people a week would get pretty damn expensive. Maybe it's 10 Euro at the door or something.