Once or twice a month I help out Makita Sensei with her English school for an hour on Saturdays. This is always really casual and just an opportunity to chat and practice their English. So a while back, I said that we should just meet at my apartment and pair it with a dinner party. So, for the second consecutive day, I had a potluck dinner.
Getting my apartment took a few hours, as it has received no love ever since Sandy left. I couldn’t see the floor at all, and overall upkeep was poor. I find I need to plan events such as these so that these chores actually get done. Part of this was moving my heater into the main room, laying down a heated rug, and utilizing my heated toilet seat to fend off the cold.
Here was the group (plus photo-taking sensei). They all made signs stating their thoughts of my place. “Justin’s room is very clean”, “Justin’s room is cleaner than I thought”, “Justin has Japanese games”, “Justin has a lot of sake”
My contribution was my signature curry. It’s what they call dry curry, but then I add some veggies and such to the mix, which makes it pretty delicious. I make it at least twice a week. Other dishes included spaghetti, an udon noodle salad, and pork. To top it off, there was a wonderful pudding desert, which is fairly typical in Japan. Dinner was fun to sit and try to chat. I brought out my wide assortment of spices and said what I thought would be good in different things. I recommended spicy for the curry, since I like it. They all added habanero pepper to it, to mixed results. To those still resilient, I pulled out my whole chili peppers, which are absolutely brutal. If you eat one, diarrhea, is a sure thing. They ate slivers of it and were begging for ice. I was certainly enjoying myself in all this.
In some of the talking time, we discussed the merits of studying abroad (“absolutely do it!”), desired travel destinations, and also just a bit about sports and such. The time was merry for sure. When the time finally came to leave, it was clear everyone had had a great time, and this sort of event would need to happen again.