Friday, March 18, 2011

Approximate normalcy...

This post is mainly for you folks being doused in cable news over in the states. We are still sad here, and still alert. Yet we also continue to be more than 500km away from Fukushima, and still Southwest. (Unfortunately, that means The Plume, if there is one, is going to California, not Kyoto) (And at the risk of spreading more fear, it would be very dilute!)

Some of you may enjoy this cartoon depiction of the nuclear event. We sure did.

In the meantime, here are a few simple images of our day. Nothing special--but that's the point.

I bought this at the grocery store. I couldn't resist:
Alek didn't like it.

Max, however, really did.
It wasn't sparkling soy sauce (my first guess). It was sparking soy milk.

We have a new bakery down the street called Panda. This place is helping me pack on a few extra kilos in time for spring. We tried their cinnamon buns today and they are awesome!!!

Later, the boys and I went to the sanjo shotengai park. We hung out and watched them shooting a scene for a TV show or movie.
Then we found the most amazing pizza place! Cozy decor and fabulous pizza.
We each got the lunch set for 900 yen (salad, pizza, drink). I asked Alek to tell me how much our bill would be. He said, and I will try to quote:

"That's 9 multiplied by 4, right? OK. So 6 plus 6 plus 6 is 18, that's two nines. Plus three is 21, that's 2 and one-third nines. Plus six is 27, right? OK. So then one more nine. That would be" (fingers come out at this point) "28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36!" Max and I can't stop laughing. Then he adds, "But in thousands! So 3600 yen!"

Not sure WHAT he is learning at that school but it sounds very complicated....


  1. Thanks for the update! I'm so glad to hear that you are (still) safe and sound. And that math explanation by Alek is brilliant.

  2. Alek's math is STILL 100% better than his gramma's! Nice to see their smiles and some beautiful blue sky.

  3. Wondering if that is Japanese or American math :)

  4. It sounds to me like Alek is thinking like he has an abacus in his head.

    It's really good to see you guys out and about, and to see the smiles.

    The pizza looks really good!

  5. finally seeing some food i could stomach! love that big smile from max. alek is a genius!