Apologies for the sudden blog break-- but Dominic was right, last week was the last week of school (meaning that this week is the first week of summer vacation).
Last week was thus spent getting things done (well, *attempting* to get things done) that are hard to do with three or more kids in the house. I was mildly successful...;-) This week has been largely trying to adjust to what I realized today is a new schedule for me-- in Japan in the summer with elementary-age kids (we're usually at my parents:-(( Next time I'll tell you about all the homework...;-)
|Kappa Zushi! Kids' favorite:-)|
The kids picked Kappa Zushi-- their favorite Kaitenzushi restaurant. Every time we go, it is 1) crowded, and 2) my husband swears he's going to buy stock in the company because it's always jam-packed in there. That little character in the photo (right) is a Kappa, the water sprite of Japanese folklore whose favorite thing to eat is cucumbers. That's why those cucumber rolls up there in the top photo are called "Kappa Maki":-)
|Ikura-- Cici's favorite these days|
...like Corn. Teddy likes this one. It's a sort of corn-salad on top of the rice and wrapped with nori.
...and Hamburger Sushi. Yes, really--little hamburgers (with or without the blob of mayo on top) sitting on top of sushi rice, nigiri-style.
The first time we ate there and the Hamburger-Zushi came rolling down the belt, I thought there must surely be people who thought it bordered on the sacrilegious;-) I haven't personally eaten this one, though all three of my kids like it...
This time the new plate that came around was "Sukiyaki-zushi" with sukiyaki-flavored beef and a little bit of raw egg on top.
I couldn't figure out how they got the egg shaped like that... or how they got it to stay on top...
Of course, you need to see this in action. Hai, dozo! I took some video while we were eating (the Sukiyaki-zushi comes by right at the start... the camera follows in disbelief...) Toward the end of the video you'll see several other reasons kids love this restaurant come by on the belt:
|Teddy wants Hamburgerzushi... withOUT mayo!|
Is that adorable, or what? The first time we went after they'd installed the Special Order Train, we hardly got any food because the kids insisted on special ordering everything just to watch their food come to them on the Shinkansen (see how it's made to look like the Bullet Train?)...
|...at a sushi restaurant? Yup.|
The train... the juice... the fruit... the dessert. Yup--they send pudding and cake around the conveyor belt, too (and recently, tiramisu pudding and New York cheesecake, among other things). The other bit the kids like:-)
(p.s.-- apologies again for the sudden break in posting... I just realized I left everybody hanging after a typhoon post. Aack! Typhoon was pfffft---veered off into the Pacific, as usual. It did get quite cold for several days afterward, though-- cold enough to warrant the warm blankies again)
(p.p.s.-- posting will probably be light for August, due to summer break. I'm required to be a good Japanese-Make-Your-Kids-Study-As-Much-As-Possible-During-Vacation-Mama for the next couple of weeks. That's another post:-))