|Two days of laundry...|
Sometimes I think Japanese housing is so arranged to keep women permanently chained to the home...
Of course, the weather is also partly to blame-- high humidity that encourages mold and a rainy season followed by a long, humid summer that is the perfect environment for Dani (bedbugs-- those bites itch). So you don't just, you know, put off-season things in the closet (unless you particularly *want* all your off-season blankets and clothes to mold and be filled with dani). The rainy season is officially over(梅雨があがった)...meaning we've had more than two sunny days in a row and I could wash and dry outside all the winter blankies (except the feather blankies--those just got well aired and put into plastic). A two day job...
|O-Yatsu Jikan-- Dorayaki! (Snack Time-- Dorayaki... no translation for that;-)|
Nearly three o'clock, so I get to sit down with a snack ("san ji o-yatsu" means, literally, "3 o'clock snack"... and pretty much everybody eats an afternoon snack at that time if they have one:-)
|These are erasers;-))|
That is a Dorayaki-- a vaguely pancake-like snack that nearly everyone loves.
|Totemo daisuki, Doraemon!|
It's the snack that gave the popular anime character "Doraemon" his name-- he *loves* Dorayaki (as you can see in the picture at right, although he's actually blue and white), whence his name.
A dorayaki is basically two pancake-like rounds (so.mewhat sweeter than a regular pancake) with sweet azuki-beanpaste in between like a sandwich.
Oishii, yo! They taste particularly good with green tea (hot or iced, but usually hot)-- and somewhat odd, I think, with coffee or black tea. I think it has to do with the astringency of green tea (it's "shibui", 渋い) that matches the particular sweetness of azuki beans.
|I do! I like them, Sam-I-Am!|
Try one if you get the chance!