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My Taste Buds are Turning Japanese!

Akihiro's coworkers took us out to eat last week and it was quite a feast. One of the many small dishes as appetizers was these small squid. I guess they are called fireflies because in the deep sea they shine a light. Anyway, I didn't think I could eat them--raw and slimy, but I took a deep breath and gave it a try. Actually, to my suprise, it was kinda good! I couldn't believe myself!

Also, they had a huge tuna head--looked like just the top part above both eyes that they had roasted. I guess instead of a pig roast, it is a tuna roast! It was good too!


So with the nursing home job behind us, we look to the future which seems to have lots of question marks--when, where, how long, how much, why? The following verse was on my flip calender and I just haven't seemed to be able to flip past it because it has been such a comfort. Isaiah 58:11 And the LORD shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not. It's not that we are in a drought--Akihiro will be on the payroll of his parent's company next month, and I don't know that our bones need to be made fatter, but it is the idea that the LORD will guide us continually--that is what brings peace. Prayers have been answered in that our discussion with Akihiro's parents regarding work in Hokkaido went very well. Our lifestyle as Christians and perhaps Americanized Christians is quite different than Japanese business people's life, so we discussed our "boundaries" as far as work hours, business trips, desire to eat supper together, devotions, attend our church every Sunday, etc. His parents were very understanding and are willing to "go along" with our situation, for which I am very thankful! They will bid on the medical facility in Hokkaido early next month and then we will probably gradually be spending more time there. "We'll see" seems to be the phrase of the month! For now, Akihiro is busy studying for his boat license. His dad bought a boat in Hokkaido and he needs a license to drive it. He goes for his practical test at a mountain lake nearby on Tuesday (Kawaguchiko, for those of you familiar with Japan) and I just might tag along and explore the area, depending on the weather! In the meantime, we are finishing up the medical English book. Yes, my dear friends, Dr. Do-Something and Nurse Know-It-All are falling in love (a suggestion we received) and experiencing many medical terms--diaphoresis, palpitations, etc! He will continue to work on Wednesdays in Yamanashi, so it will allow me to continue my Japanese class and spend some time with the Ehnle's. I'm thankful for that.

We continue to enjoy beautiful weather here and now it is the season for watermellons and cherries in the grocery stores--but they are terribly expensive compared to the U.S. A small watermelon can run about $18! They are very good though--also the cherries. Akihiro got some from a patient's daughter at the nursing home. Never have I tasted such sweet cherries!

Oh, and for those of you who like to eat out at Japanese restaurants, we went to a place with Akihiro's parents like the one in Peoria where they cook your food in front of you. We asked the chef if this style originated in Japan because we rarely see it. He said "no". Apparently, it was started by Japanese people who went to Hawaii. This restaurant that we went to was owned by a man who worked at Beni Hana (apparently a famous Japanese restaurant of this style) in Hawaii. Oh yeah, they didn't make any fire, though, and didn't toss my rice bowl--that would be a little too American, perhaps!


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