enjoyed samurai and geisha by Roger Shimomura
gave a little talk about Japanese character design (my fifth presentation of this ever-evolving labor of love),
|With groupies Joe Andriani and his friend Ian|
and then treated myself to exotic noms: Sama Zama's gyuudon (beef and onions over rice), pork gyoza (dumplings), and dango (a semi-sweet dessert of mochi—rice flour—pound into a gummy paste and flavored with things like green tea, then skewered and covered with toppings like azuki—red bean paste—and what I think was caramely-soy-sauce). I didn't intend to order everything in one color, but it was all very delicious.
I also picked up a couple of souvenirs: a Fuji-San banner; I always regretted not buying one from the little stand up on top of the volcano when I summited in September 2007. Seriously, who'd think to bring CASH to the top of a VOLCANO?! They had the coolest 「富士山に上りました」(I climbed Mt. Fuji) pennants, and someday I WILL go up there to get one.
And okay, I'm a sucker for fun characters, we all know that. I might have resisted the guy on the top of the package, if the package did not say, "Leader of the fun headband". But it does say that. And I am only human, after all.
So perhaps it's lucky for me that the pig karate shirts only came in L and XL.