After the morning toast, I began to reflect on the adventurous culinary experiences and thought... I'm good!
So when we went out to dinner, Shauna ordered sushi set and I had the teriyaki set - that's right, not food I pretended was chicken but actual chicken (photos provided).
Even when the man next to us lit up a cigarette, I still enjoyed consuming my meat and veggies knowing my Eileen Fisher sweater would have to go into detox thanks to Mr Puff-dragon.
We sat at the bar as Mr Manzo - ichiban chef directed. On the floor near us, there were a group of young men in suits with excessive hair product. Mr. Ha Ha Ha Ha was our favorite, infectious soul.
Manzo-San began handing us additional dishes, including bai-gai. That's right escargot, a delicacy. At this time, we realized it was time for sake which was fabulous! And then I down went ichi, ni, san, chi, go, roku snails!?! This is what dental floss was made for.
We seemed to befriend... Or maybe entertain Manzo-San. As the American classics like Doris Day, Billie Holiday, and Tony Bennett were playing - Jennie-San and I began singing I Left My Heart In San Francisco. After all, it is the land of karaoke..,but Shauna-san and Wendy-san seemed less approving-perhaps because they did not partake in the warm sake.
Manzo-San wanted to share a story so he brought over a worker he himself called Harry Potter, his English was said to be very good. In rather broken English, he shared a story (Harry Potter was a tad more like Ron Weasley). Manzo-San traveled to San Francisco and LA to possibly open a restaurant. He could have been a contender with a big sushi restaurant but he came back to Kyoto instead. We asked like Benihana... And then he did a great impression of one of there chefs tossing food in the air, chopping and lighting in flames. "No," he said, "not Japanese, other Asian!" We nodded with disapproval...
Then, the best dessert we've had in Japan, not raw egg or peas, a berry ice cream and then we called it a night after a dip in the furo (another bathroom invention - short tub)!