Monday, February 16, 2009
Last weekend(I know, I'm behind on blogging), Ayako and I got up early, because we were going to a futsal tournament at the airforce base near our apartment. We had our usual delicious breakfast of fresh fruit with yoghurt and honey, and then Aya's dad made me a big traditional japanese breakfast, which was a bit intimidating at first, as there was a whole fish on my plate. There was also a triangle shaped rice ball with seaweed, some veggies, and a pickled plum.
But the fish was really good, almost sweet, although it was tricky to eat because of the bones. The veggies and the rice were also delicious, and I've decided that I love seaweed. But the plum was kind of shocking when I ate it, because I was expecting sweet and it was really salty. haha, sorry this picture looks kind of gross, with the half eaten fish carcass.
So then we hopped on our bikes and rode for a while, and then we got to the gate of the air-force base. We were surprised that they didn't check my passport or anything. I've never been in a military base, and it was weird because it was like a mini version of a town, with some shops, apartments, a hospital, and a huge gymnasium, only instead of cars most of the people rode bikes around.
These are our bikes parked at the soccer field. Ayako knew one of the guys in the tournament through her mom, so thats how we got in. There were a few other people there to watch, a lot of wives and children.
Here is a picture of Ayako with her cute ear-muffs. It was freezing cold that day, but luckily Aya's friend brought us blankets and we brought handwarmers. It was cold but it was beautiful and sunny, so I was able to take some shots of the game. Sorry there's like a million photos of people playing soccer, haha I was excited to use the sports setting on my camera.
Some are a bit off focus, because the game was so fast pase, and it was really intense.
I like the keeper's facial expression in this one.
The way this guy is bending looks quite unnatural. haha I freaked out when I saw it.
This one also looks really weird. like the guy is floating.
Unfortunately Aya's friend's team lost one of the games, but they got pretty far and I think they had a lot of fun. So after that Aya and I rode our bikes to the mall, where we shopped, ate lunch, and met up with Yoshimi.Then we rode to a karaoke place. We bought snacks beforehand and snuck them in, because I think food is expensive there.
Karaoke was really fun, and then Aya and I rode to a place near her house to get some dinner.
Here is a delicious fried appetizer we had, I think it had some cheese and chicken.
For dessert we had this very strange but delicious thing. They had ice cream wrapped in rice cake, but the rice cake was baked crispy brown.