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As I have mentioned in previous posts, Japan is a big part of my life. Not only did I spend two years of my young adulthood teaching English in Yokohama but my sister and I were both born in Japan. We were diplo-brats, as my father served at the U.S. embassy in Tokyo for seven years. We left when I was three. It was Dad's last overseas post. We spent the rest of our childhoods in suburban Maryland.
But Japan has been very important to our family ever since, not least in our gastronomical adventures. During our family trip to Europe in 1984, our favorite restaurant in Paris was a yakitori-ya. Sushi restaurants were a popular choice for birthday dinners for many years.
Vermont is not exactly overrun with Japanese restaurants but we decided to try out a new one for lunch on Sunday: San Sai in Burlington. They have a wonderful spot with a view of Lake Champlain and the Adirondacks beyond. The prices are a little high but the service is good and the food excellent. I went with chirashi. I generally prefer sashimi to sushi so I can control the amount of wasabi, not subject to the whims of the chef. Chirashi's so pretty, too - not really essential to the flavor but visual presentation is very important in Japan, especially where food is concerned. Overall, a great lunch.
Photo via New Ko Sushi Japanese Restaurant - not exactly the same as what I had but a reasonable visual approximation
We had our broomball playoffs this weekend. We're telling our students that we finished in fourth place. I don't think any of them read my blog but just in case, that's my official position here, too. I'm already excited for next season in the fall, though we need to get to work recruiting people who will show up for games. There's plans for kickball this summer. I passed on the spring season but the team did well - for real this time. They finished in second place out of four teams. The league for the summer season is much bigger. The first place team gets to go to Vegas for nationals!
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