The people who drove to the party drank ginger ale or tea, the rest of us had beer.
The meal was a set menu and there was a lot of food.
Everyone was amazed that I could eat with chop sticks and that I could eat raw fish. Now really, if I couldn’t use chop sticks, wouldn’t I be very thin?
First, there was a little salad with a dollop of mashed potatoes on the side.
Next was a shallow dish of vinegar with crab, salmon, cucumber, and several kinds of sea weed.
Seafood au gratin came next. I don’t usually like creamy rich things but this was very delicious.
This was an egg custard dish that I didn’t eat. The waitress told me there was no meat in it, but the person sitting next to me said it contained tori niku (chicken), so I gave it to someone else at the table. I don’t like to take any chances with meat.
We had a delicious miso soup, but I forgot to take a picture of it. You’d think all of that would be enough, but there was more to come. When I showed this picture to Ted, he thought this was a platter for the table, but no, this plate of sushi was mine and every other person had one just like it.
The ending was two pieces of pineapple and a perfect strawberry.
All during the meal, everyone was talking non-stop and all at once, so I didn’t understand much. One topic was about coloring your hair and using mascara for touch ups around your face and along your part when grey hair starts growing in. I’ve learned a few tricks for trying to understand what is being said. There are a lot of foreign words, like mascara, that are used in Japanese. When I hear “mashta” (---mashita), I know it is past tense of something, even if I don’t recognize the verb. Then, there are words that are used often, like snow. It’s hard not to talk about the snow here – there’s just so much of it!
Mid-way through the meal, there was a little competition for a gift bag. People of all ages play a rock paper scissors kind of game for everything here.
One person won and received the bag, but then everyone got a gift bag. Like I said I never really know what is going on. My bag had a strawberry dish scrubber, a man’s handkerchief, and a package of dark chocolate cocoa.
After being at the restaurant several hours, we all left and walked to another restaurant several blocks away and had coffee and more talking. It was a fun party, but I have to tell you, I was tired when I got home.