Here I am on the cusp of five days off in a row! This is great!
Monday and Wednesday are holidays in Japan. From what I understand, Monday is respect to the Elderly Day and Wednesday is welcoming the fall season or something… in any case because of the celebration of these two holidays many companies take Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday off and call it Silver Week. This is similar to Golden Week, which is the first week in May, when all shops, companies and industries in Japan shut down so people can have some resemblance of relaxation. Not sure why but Silver Week is only celebrated every once in awhile whereas Golden Week is an annual event. Rumor has it that it won’t happen again until 2015, so I’m one lucky girl!
UPDATE: Here’s a bit more about Silver Week, click.
I’m thinking of getting the 70 year old manager a little present for Monday. Despite his incessant ramblings and zen-attitude (he’s a buddhist) towards cockroaches (“I’m so much bigger than them, why would I want to kill them?”), he’s a good guy.
Anyway, a couple weeks back I went on a drive with George and Lenny (see previous post).
Here, in Japan, people rent cars on their days off and drive around the city as a hobby… very strange. I’d rather drive out of the city (which we did a bit but most was spent looking at political buildings… boring).
During this little excursion though we went to Monjayaki village.
Monjayaki is similar to Okonomiyaki (one of my favorite types of Japanese food) but it’s more liquidy so a lot of Japanese people don’t like to eat it as they think it looks like throw-up (nice visual, I know).
Once again, in true Lenny fashion, it was his first time to try Monjayaki so George showed us how to do it. It was good but like the Osaka girl I am, I much prefer Okonomiyaki.
Last weekend, my guest house mates also threw a second little birthday party for me.
We had a yakiniku party (yaki means cook or burn which is why all this food has “yaki” in it, niku means meat). It was nice to have everyone gather again as it doesn’t happen much.
I really do like people. (^-^)
Did I mention that I found Bartlett pears? Awesome.