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Flowers, Crazy Outfits & Frozen Beer

I’ve got a growing list of blog posts I’ve been meaning to write, but in between cleaning & packing, and meeting with friends as much as we can before we leave, I just haven’t had a chance!

On Monday we decided to visit Himeji castle because Chad had never been, and though much of it is (sadly) still under renovation, we were still able to have a nice time.

Here are a couple shots of visible parts of the castle:



Some pretty flowers in the surrounding gardens:



And an amazing outfit:


Who needs to see a castle when you’ve got this to marvel over? 😉

Also, the other day we tried “frozen” beer, which has become a sort of fad in Japan recently.


As you might expect, the frozen part was basically foam, in other words, not so delicious. Chad pointed out that the foam also happens to look like Japanese drawings of poo, which actually should’ve been a warning sign.

Will write again soon! Off to a dinner before more packing and cleaning.


Monday Matters

Over the Weekend…

I watched my husband become a black belt in judo:


Chad’s name on the list of competitors


Opening Remarks


After he won his third match & got his black belt

I saw these cute, pink construction worker signs:

20130211-181401.jpgI participated in an awesome nomihoudai, or all-you-can-drink at Rokko Diner to celebrate with Chad (they had a Valentine’s special–only ¥2000 for girls, ¥3000 for guys, for 2 1/2 hours, any beer!):


Crystal Amber Ale & karaage (fried chicken) made with Rokko Pilsner

I bought really cute dessert forks and spoons:

20130211-181818.jpgWalked to China town with a pit stop to split a rice croquette:



There was curry inside!

Saw huge lines at the China Town for nikkuman, or meat-stuffed buns, and other Chinese food:


Many people were checking out China Town to see events related to the Chinese New Year.

And split a nikkuman and “burger” with Chad:


And was generally happy because it was a much needed three-day weekend. Oh yeah, and because I saw this guy with a pig face:


How was your weekend?