I've been a little under the weather this week and have had no urge to do anything other than eat (not even knitting - I also lost the fifth needle of the dpns I am using for my knee-high stipey socks so they are on the back burner too - I might have to give that knitting socks with two circulars a go).
We had a great weekend last week checking out our local zoo (more of a small animal petting experience) after two years of vowing that we weren't interested - it turned out to be fantastic - and we also headed to the Tokyo SNB bbq at Rae's house (we snuck in the bbq before she took the kids and ran off to Hawaii for the summer - am so jealous!)
poster warning us of the DANGEROUS squirrels at the zoo!!!
Rae and Claire in Rae's bathroom making margaritas!!
So before you correct the spelling of this post's title - it is correct. Most Japanese people have a hard time pronouncing the 'th' sound, so when they talk about the upcoming (yes I know it's old news in absolutely every other country in the world) Star Wars movie, that's how Sith sounds. It kind of amuses me. I don't know why. Anyways, Japan is the last damn country in the world to show this movie - it finally starts on July 9, and I bought our advance purchase tickets. We don't go to the movies often in Japan because it's too damn expensive, but we like to go and see all the blockbusters (Lord of the Rings series, Kill Bill, etc). We decided not to see it in the US, and wait to see it in Japan. I tried to get hold of the Burger King chewie doll while I was there, after falling in love with Joy's, but I missed out by a week or so - they only had some other characters I wasn't interested in. Japan is celebrating the beginning of Star Wars with some limited edition converse sneakers and some storm trooper beach sandals. The bi-san (short for beach sandals in Japanese) seem kind of silly don't you think!!
So, how are you going to enjoy your summer? Some of the things I plan to do are:
* go to a beer garden (preferably the one on top of Mt Takao - all you can eat and drink for less than 3000 yen)
* go to the beach
* eat kakigori with condensed milk
* watch the big jingugaien fireworks display from work
* eat lots of reimen and cold soba
* avoid getting sunburnt
To all you Americans out there - have a great 4th of July weekend!! We'll be letting off some fireworks down in the park on Monday!