September 2nd, 2007


Yokohama Farewell

Ellen's Thomas performance was lots more music than reading, since most of the audience was Japanese, and her guitar was a steel-string dobro someone from the con lent her. It went very well nonetheless, unlike my kaffeeklatsch, to which no-one showed up. Instead, I listened to Michael Whelan talk about art, which was really cool and useful and restful. What an interesting man.

We had dinner at an Indonesian restaurant last night--declicious and unlike anything I've had at an Indonesian restaurant stateside. What did we have? Oh, roast chicken with lemongrass sauce, some really cool vegetables I've never seen before, one with peanut sauce, one with a light and delicate garlic sauce. And noodles with chopped chicken and what Ellen called Oriental gefilte fish, which is a fair enough description. And black sticky rice for dessert.

And that's all I have time to write. I have to pack so we can get the train for Niigata with a couple of old friends of Ellen's. I have no idea what the internet situation is going to be for the next 5-6 days, but I'll post when I can.

Farewell urban sprawl! Hot water and beautiful scenery, here I come!