November 3rd was a public holiday, Culture Day.
That day, it was very lively in the streets near my home, since a festival called the “Nakayama matsuri” was being held.
I don’t usually like festivals. I cannot enjoy these kinds of events because I don’t like crowds. Also, the food stalls at festivals are mostly not good.
However, the Nakayama festival is an exception.
The nearby restaurants and shops set up stalls at this festival. Some of them are my favorite shops and restaurants. The food at those stalls is fairly good.
The picture to the left is of a stall of a Chinese restaurant called “Ichiban.”
They sold steamed dim sum in a traditional bamboo basket.
I bought some crispy spring rolls and a chimaki(rice-dunpling wrapped in bamboo leaves.)
I went to a drinking party with my otaku friend.
She is an administrator of a fan-site of “Jojo’s bizare adventure,” and I also have a fan-site of “Jokjo’s…” This was a party of “Jojo” fans.
We met at aJojo event and promised to go for a drink.
The restaurant was a Japanese-style dining bar, “Yuzu no Komachi.” Yuzu is a Japanese citrus fruit. All dishes of this restaurant have yuzu.
I like yuzu. Ihave a small yuzu tree on my veranda.
he friend’s pen-name on her site is also “Yuzu.”
So, this restaurant was perfect for this party.
These are the dishes:
Carpaccio, boiled pork,
Deep-fried dishes and Yuzu sherbet.
The all of dished were delicious.
Also, all the rooms of this restaurant are separated, so we could otaku talk freely without reserve. It was very fun!
There is an Okinawa restaurant in 30 seconds on foot from my home. The name of the restaurant is Buten.
At Buten, a live show of Okinawan music is performed at 8:00 every evening. I sometimes go to the restaurant to see the show.
Yesterday,I went to the restaurant after a long time.
(Everytime I met the Mam of Buten in front of the restaurant, She tells me to come more.)
I ordered “hirayati”,”rahute” and shot glasses of three kind of awamori.
Yesterday’s live was Tomioka Massi.
Honestly, in Buten’s performance, there is a gap between the good and bad so-so, but fortunately,yesterday was good.
He plays not only san-sin but also aruhu.
The various kinds music was mixed to the traditional Okinawan music.(He played little bit Mozart’s Eine kleine Nachtmusik also.)
At the last song, audience in the restaurant stood and danced “Kacha-shi (Okinawan traditional dance).”
It was a good performance.
In fact, I bought Aruhu four months ago, but I hardly play it because I don’t know hou to play.
After the performace, I asked him about aruhu. He kindly tought me how to hold aruhu and useful goods for aruhu and so.
Thank you very mach!
This is the site of Massi and イチャリバーズ
(The article in this site about the war in Okinawa is very good. I recommend to read it when you have time.)
One of my hobbies is gardening.
My room has no garden/yard, but only a narrow veranda. The veranda is packed with many flowerpots and containers.
Now, in my veranda, there are;
Basil, thyme, rosemary, mint, lemonbalm,
parsley, Italian parsley, chibes, charbile, shiso,
tomatos, egg plants, cucumber,
Mexican sage, mini-roses.
Almost of these plants are edible.
Only seeing it, you can tell that I’m greedy.
Yesterday’s harvest from veranda garden
Two mini tomatoes, one cucumber, basil, spring onion, and shiso(beefsteak plant).
I ate them for supper.
A salad of a cucumber and a chicken
An appetizer of a tomato, basil, and a cheese
My present worry is how do I watering when I will be away for trip in this summer vacation.