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Those who have been in Japan (or followed this blog) probably recognize this contraption. It’s a very long slide that runs from the top of a hill all the way to the bottom (about 100 meters). They’re pretty fun. It’s good to have some cardboard to sit on, because as you go faster the friction (heat) and vibration can be quite intense.
I guess the title says it pretty well. I had this at a very cool place near Kitano Station in Hachioji. Very good. This type is not a standard choice at most ramen shops; it’s Chinese style (Tan Tan Men), spicy hot, with miso and white sesame added to the base. Mmmmm. Not enough noodles, though, so I’ll have to go double on those next time.
It’s been an interesting day, in a good way. No time to share stories now, but I hope to sometime.
I’ve been posting more at my [other blog](http://www.brushed.org/) for anyone interested in such things. It’s not religious, but it’s about the mystery of being touched by a loving God.
Everyone has gone home and the house is almost clean. The kids are asleep. It’s time to get back to my wife, fold some clothes, eat the last of the posole (and some of those black corn tortilla chips with the mango salsa from Costco) and enjoy what little we have left of this evening. Happy Christmas Eve!
This shot is actually in color in case you can’t tell. Today is a holiday in Japan. I think it’s “Thanks for Working People Day” or something like that. I’m about to leave and teach my weekly semi-volunteer English class. Most of the students plus other friends are coming here Sunday afternoon for a Thanksgiving Dinner. We’ll have chicken instead of turkey plus the usual trimmings. I’m really looking forward to it. It looks like we’ll have people from five or six countries (Japan, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Ecuador, China, USA…). The woman from Ecuador, who I just met yesterday, says she’ll teach everyone to dance salsa!
We went to the nearby art university this evening for their *Bunkasai* (a big party where the students show their work and have lots of fun). The place has fantastic architecture, which made this shot possible. I’m looking forward to spending more time there. We had a great time meeting students, eating Jamaican chicken and okonomiyaki, and hanging out with two kids from the girls’ preschool and their mom (who spontaneously joined decided to meet us there).