This weekend was filled with local mini-adventures, really good food and fun times with friends. The weekend started a little early since SMS and I went out to lunch on Friday. We went out to the 16 and I decided I wanted to try the famous Katsu place. I had heard about it when I was on the Kitty Hawk but I had never been able to find it. This always annoyed me since I knew it was on the base side of the street between the two gates and there aren’t that many buildings located there. Anyway, it’s a very small storefront with a wooden sign over the door and if it’s open, you’ll see a three-paneled green door hanging and a small spider plant out front. Well, Friday we were in luck!
|It was worth the wait, although katsu isn’t going to become a frequent eats!|
When we sat down, we waited. And waited some more. Finally, we put our order in once he asked. I had heard that the shop moves at the chef’s pace and it’s all true. When we initially sat down, we thought we’d split a plate but by the time the food was ready about 50 minutes later, we were so hungry and each wolfed down our own separate place. SMS and I both had the tonkatsu (breaded and fried pork cutlet) and it was delicious!
I went back to work way later than I meant to so I ended up staying late to make up the work. I would have stayed later but then the network went down completely. Well, I guess that was that. I texted SMS to tell him I was on my way. He was out at the yakitori place near our local train station and he asked me to join him. When I went in, I saw that he had made friends with four Japanese construction workers who were very into arm-wrestling. They were really nice and we had fun talking to them and a really nice lady next to our group. SMS and I really intrigued them because I don’t think many white people go in there. Although everyone was super-nice, it’s definitely a Nihongo-only place so you need at least survival Japanese+ to navigate. Sometimes it’s funny to me when I’m in a place near Yokosuka and people are surprised to see an American. My life is so base-focused that I think, “Well, there’s sort of a base nearby” but really, the base isn’t all that big relative to the overall population density so sometimes, we’re a novelty even if the base “Little America” atmosphere feels so close.
On Saturday, we met up with a bunch of friends in Ikego (Japanese side) for brunch, BBQ and beach. We had delicious crepes (savory and sweet), yummy turkey burgers and condensed milk-filled strawberries. Yum! After lots of food, we got in our bathing suits (great timing!) and headed to the beach. The water was so warm! It was several degrees warmer already than San Diego at the height of Summer. I am definitely ok with that!
Today, we hung out in the morning and cleaned up the apartment. We aim for cleaning it every week and, apart from travel, we’ve been pretty consistent. This afternoon, we went out to Kannonzaki Park with Rose and her two kids and played on the various playgrounds sprinkled through the park. The highlight was the huge roller slide where we really gained some speed. We used our new favorite Japanese purchase, the plastic slide sheets to help us go faster. After sliding, we went to Rose’s where we had delicious carnitas for dinner. Yum, yum, yum!
|Kannonzaki Park. We parked at the parking on the bottom left, I would recommend
the Yokosuka Art Museum, center and slightly right.
Oh yeah! We almost had a near disaster at Kannonzaki. We parked in the lot and came back around 6:15 and the gates were closed and a note in Japanese on the windshield. OH NO! Fortunately, one of the gates was unlocked so we opened it and shut it behind us but we were nervous. Note for next time- the parking lots close at 5! Also, we went all the way around the point to where the rest station with the Italian restaurant was but it would be much, much closer to park at the Yokosuka Art museum. The walk was lovely but the distance added up by the end of the day. It’s a huge park!
So, that was the weekend! Not too much out-of-the-ordinary is planned for this week at work. Paperwork, clinic, OR and a host nation emergency medicine conference on Friday. Should be fun!