Yesterday I had a fun birthday lunch get-together with Satoh-san, Dennis, and Hirokazu at Sizzler’s by the Tokyo Dome in Suidobashi. The Giants were playing and it was pretty crowded between the station and the restaurant, but people were all wearing masks.
It was the first time for me to eat out this year!
Here are a few photos, including my healthy whole food plant based compliant lunch (vegan and no oils). I had some fruit for dessert.
Dennis also brought me some homemade, extremely delicious Japanese sweet potatoes he made in his Insta-pot. It makes me want to try using my Insta-pot, which I got over two years ago and haven’t turned on yet!
And thanks, Satoh-san for the interesting shirt you got me!
Today was Hasegawa-san’s birthday, so three of us decided to have a late lunch at Sizzler’s in Suidobashi. With proper care and social distancing of course.
It felt a bit strange walking home from my station. I think it’s been about a year since I was walking outside after dark. Pao apparently slept the whole time we were gone. We played with him for a while and he seemed ok.
I originally came to Japan in 1983 to work on the Fujitsu Pavilion for the 1985 (Showa 60) Tsukuba Expo. Today I got this nice birthday present – a commemorative set of coins from the Japanese mint produced that year for Expo ’85. Cool!
You all know it’s a national holiday in Japan today – Labor Thanksgiving Day, which falls one day before the U.S. Thanksgiving Day this year.
But did you also know it’s Mon’s 7th and Monta’s 6th birthday?
Here are their official birthday portraits!
Mon actually cooperated and sat still for her photo
Mon still cooperating
Mon looking regal
And here’s Monta
One more of Monta
Four of these photos are actually iPhone “live photos” so I turned the last one of Monta into a 10 second YouTube video. It’s the live photo repeating itself 3 times, but cute. There wasn’t much action in the other live photos.
Anyway, off to celebrate Mon and Monta’s birthday now!