Tasha's Oriental Journey
This morning we went on the ministry (on our bikes) and met up with a sister named Ayako, to do some RV's. Halfway through, we stopped for coffee from a vending machine. In Tokyo, there are vending machines on almost every corner, but these aren't just ordinary vending machines; these are HOT drink vending machines. They're basically the same, but instead of your canned drinks coming out cold, they come out hot. And they're so cheap! So that was exciting for me... may not be for you but then if you know me at ALL you'll know simple things please me immensely!!! After the ministry we went back to Aya's for lunch (which was pasta! Yummy! Although not very Japanese! But we also had a watery vegetable soup which was definately NOT Italian. And for desert we had alcohol-stewed apples... VERY nice!). And then it was time to give my very first English lesson, with Aya as my first student! The lesson was on travelling (she travelled around Europe when she was a bit younger than I am now so I got to see all the photographs), and BOY was I nervous! But we both got through it somehow, and she told Hiroka later on that she really enjoyed it! So that was an achievement for me! That evening we did our meeting preparation (what good girls!) and toddled off to the meeting. That evening, we had Tori-Dango soup (literally Chicken-Ball-soup, which was a load of vegetables, and balls of minced chicken held together with egg, and Japanese flavouring) and rice - how healthy! One thing I've noticed is that the Japanese eat dinner SO late! On average, they eat dinner at around 8pm or later, compared to our general 5.30-6pm rule. (And they are all so thin, so I think they disprove the dieting theory on gaining weight if you eat after 6pm!!! So THERE!) The two of us go to bed at around 1pm each night, after having a bath. In Tokyo the bathroom is a bath/shower room. It works like this, apparently: you have a quick shower outside of the tub and then a long soak in the tub, and then a quick shower afterwards (I think it goes that way round - please tell me if I'm wrong, Shin or Mayu!). Anyway, compared to just showering in London all the time, having a bath is amazing. Mmmmmm!