Had lunch today at the curry truck. Not nearly as sketchy as it sounds, and actually spicy! Really tasty and cheap! Also “fruit salad” which is actually a drink that contains radishes (tasty, I swear!)
Then in the afternoon Molly, Danner, and I went to the Canadian Embassy for an event/happy hour they were having. Danner entertained the entirety of the Canadian & Japanese contingent, while I checked out a tea ceremony, had my name done in calligraphy (apparently “ta” can mean “many” and “ra” can mean “joys”… the japanese ladies got all kinds of excited about what a lovely combination that was), and then watched a few demonstrations.
First we had taiko drumming with the gent pictured above in his white shorts and white boots and very hairy legs inbetween. Quite a fashion statement. He was a good drummer though. I will be pursuing taiko drumming myself as of Saturday (in addition to Judo).
Speaking of martial arts, the second demonstration was a karate school. Most of the athletes were kids (youngest was 3 years old) and pretty much all of them could kick my ass.
Case in point. This little tyke is rather energetically breaking a board. Note to self: do not start fights with kindergarteners in Japan.
I apologize for the quality of the photos, I was shooting on my iphone under poor lighting.
Our UAB shipment arrives tomorrow! (That’s the fast air shipment) I’m very excited to have more clothing — it’s so hot all I really wear here are cotton sundresses, and the three I brought with me are getting a little repetitive. Plus the apartment could use some non-hotel details, and we put some of our kitchen stuff in there as well.