Tasha's Oriental Journey
This morning we had rice, with dried fish and seaweed seasoning, and miso soup with tofu and seaweed, and more green tea (but no Natto this time!!!). We went to the meeting for 9.30 am on the train, and were welcomed by all the brothers and sisters, with an 'Ohaiyo gozaimasu!' (good morning!), and then 'Yoroishiku onageishimasu!' (which I cant really translate) Everyone was so friendly and made me feel so at home. There are 45 publishers in the congregation, with 11 pioneers so one quarter - thats pretty great, huh? The kingdom hall is really small, and the congregation looks more like a bookstudy group than anything else! But its really nice; you get to speak to everyone, which I'm not used to (but could certainly GET used to!!!)... After the meeting we went to Takadaiia Restaurant in Ikebukuro, to have some traditional Japanese food! If you look in my photo album you'll see what the little booth looks like, where we were sitting. The walls are made of slate, and the the seats are at floor-level. Once you sit down, you swing your legs over, under the table so that your legs are below-floor-level. The condiments that were included were Japanese pickles, soy sauce, and then a big steaming pot of green tea. Five of us went; Hiroka and me, Shiyo, and Asuka and Naome (in the picture), who we nicknamed the Wasaabi Sisters (see them grating wasaabi - ie the small green sticks in their hands)! They're hilarious!