I’ve made mention to these events before, but every couple of months we are invited to Murao Sensei’s house for a dinner party with a number of her students. As an educator in the art of food prep and baking, we’ve come to expect only the best every time. In all of the students, middle aged women, are also interested in English as well. One of my friends does conversation practice with them on occasion, and also helps to facilitate these events. We get a feast, they get English practice. Fair deal I think. Despite that, I always bring a little something to give as per custom, this time a home-grown eggplant and tomato. Brownie points to me…
I only took 2 pictures, which weren’t so great. Here is a sampling of the food though.
The menu tonight was Japanese BBQ. The idea of putting food over hot coals is the same in Japan as it home, though here there tends to me a few more veggies in the mix as well. Also, there is no such thing as BBQ Sauce, there are a number of other, better sauces used to enjoy with the meat. I was able to steer clear of the veggies and pack in all of the flesh my stomach would hold. While this was all happening we had some different discussions going around, just chatting and such. It was a nice atmosphere, and the weather was perfect. We finished the outdoor portion with some sparklers before moving in for desert.
Ladies Love Fireworks
Once inside we sat around the table, continued discussion and started with the usual rounds of song and skills. As per usual, our hosts showed up the foreigners with their ability to know songs and sing them together. I was later beckoned to the piano where I hammered out a little something I like to call ‘As The Dear’.
Overall, another good night or chatting with friends and eating great food. Having an occasional oasis of real cooking amid my unending expanse of dry curry and tofu is certainly a blessing.