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Calpis hitotsu onegaishimasu
So today was our first full day! I woke up almost immediately at 8 AM which was weird. I felt fine though. It was probably those effing loud cicadas. They too, are huge, and also dead, like the giant beetle outside of nicky's door. (Pictures provided.)
Some things I've noticed:
-Firstly, a LOT, like, 90% of the women wearing heels cannot walk in them
-Usually, a short "hai" or "mm" + nod will do the trick, if you have no idea what they're saying.
-Squat toilets are unfortunately common, however, not so bad when TP is supplied
-Mayonaise goes on everything
-The water tastes fine
-The bugs are huge.
Anyways, had my first Japanese meal this afternoon; we went to this place, which I forgot the name of, but, it was a "yaki" restaurant. This concept is impossible to explain but I am attempting to defeat all odds:
A yaki is somewhat similar to what we know of as egg foo young, except, way more complex. One sits down in their booth like normal, and a waitress comes over and turns on the gas under your table. Right. Your table is a flat grill. Okay. So she brings a menu that is made of wood and about 4 feet tall, and stands it up on your table. Everyone chooses from this giant wooden menu. Now, the yaki itsself is...here goes. If you put a non-sweet (barley?) pancake on a grill, let it cook, and then topped it with eggs, and added many many ridiculous toppings...you would be close to a yaki. Mine, for instance, was Italian themed. Atop the layer of eggs was a sheet of thick mozzarella goo, with mystery brown sauce stripes, under which you found a few shrimp and many tomatoes. Nicky's had a layer of fried noodles, and...something... and squid rectangles and grilled shrimp. Topped with some weird but tasty brown sauce. My mom's was indian themed, and had potatoes and pork layered in/on the eggs, and covered with a brown curry sauce. (Pictures.)
I ordered a calpis in Japanese, which was terrifying.
Anyways it was delicious and came with miso soup, rice, and ice cream.
I was so full.
We taxi'd back and for some reason I then fell asleep for four hours. Wtf. We were supposed to go to Kobe. I can't help but feel like it was my fault we didn't.
Anyways I woke up and we went to dinner at a tiny yaki tori (grilled chicken) restaurant where I ate a lot of fried things. I.E. Yams, potatoes..As well as a plate of shiitake mushroom tops, half a butter potato, and a delicious tuna salad with japanese dressing. They had a crazy clock collection and a lot of American themed wall stuff/music.
Then we went to dinner AGAIN. 20 minutes later. Down the street at RASTA which is a hilarious marijuana themed restaurant. The food's still Japanese...just..the seat cushions and wall hangings had pot leaves on them. And they played bob marley. I ate some raw fish and it was fine but I don't think I look forward to having it again.
Walked to the supermarket for the first time, bought a bunch of little japanese cakes and drinks etc, and got myself another frogstyle keychain. I am good to go.
on August 6, 2008
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