Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Beer, Sushi, Friendship and Goodbyes

Today is smoke-free day 443, and time for Heads or Tails.
Today is TAILS - List three things from any category.

My Category:
Things I Learned This Weekend While My Friend Visited from Tokyo
  1. I like Japanese beer (in particular Asahi Super Dry) perhaps more than any other because of its smoothness, and it goes best before hot o-sake and then with a whole mess of favorite Japanese foods. And with a friend rarely seen.

  2. I've been dipping my sushi in soy sauce the wrong way all these years. The rice itself should not touch the soy sauce, and you can use a piece of sliced and pickled ginger to kind of "paint" it on top as one option. (How did I miss this all three years living in Japan?)

  3. Knowing you may never see a friend ever again because of distance and opportunity just feels bad, but I still wouldn't trade any of the friendships I've made. Also, people have been saying goodbye forever, like the folks whose stories of leaving everyone and everything were told at the museum we took the time to visit:

End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center
Oregon City, Oregon


  1. Yup, I feel with you with sad goodbyes. And I never knew the soy sauce wasn't supposed to touch the rice...although it does make sense.

  2. that was cool. and now i too know not to dip the rice in the soy... who'd have guessed.

  3. Just a few years ago did I learn that sake was supposed to be served warm. I like beer too. LOLOLOL

    Happy HoT day

  4. Asahi does make good beer - in Japan, that's what to drink - just as when in the Philipines, you drink San Miguel and when in Australia, you drink Foster's and when in Ireland, you drink Guinness and when in England, you drink anything you can get your hands on.

    However, I had no idea about that sushi thing, at all. Thanks for the heads up.

  5. Glad you had a great time with your friend!

    Hmmmm - never knew about the sushi/soy sauce thing either - despite living in Japan 2 years. Do you know what the reason is? I DO know that the pickled ginger is for cleansing the palate - but I eat it with my sushi - I like it that way, damn it! :-)

    As for Japanese beer - I liked Sapporo when I was there, although honestly, I am NOT much of a beer drinker so I'm NOT the one to trust when picking beer! :-)

    I tend to go on my Aussie husband's theroy - if it's the country's biggest export beer, it isn't the beer you want to drink when in that country. His theroy - there is a reason they export it. Sort of like Bud in the States, Fosters in Australia. I'll have to research what the biggest Japanese export is.......

  6. Goodbye is so hard.. I suppose I could point out the obvious thing, like at least you got some time together.. Does that ever really help, though?

    Eh.. I'm in a weird mood today. :P

    I've been to part of the Oregon Trail but never made it as far as the end, though. Someday!!

  7. I love Sushi, but also did not know that about Soy Sauce. Thanks for that tip :) I would love to have the opportunity to spend time in Japan one day :)

  8. Are these the same friends that you fell off the wagon with last year? Hopefully you were able to stay smoke free with this visit.

  9. A very close friend of the family once told my mom, "Life is just one big goodbye", and I think about that every once in a while. At times, it feels so true.

  10. I must try Japanese beer. Thanks for the sushi dipping tip, not that I eat UNCOOKED fish, but I can harrass anyone who does now.

    The hardest part of any friendship is when it is time to say goodbye. As much as we might like things to stay the same, change is an inevitable part of life. There is a secret that only real friends know and it is this. All the mountains and valleys in the world cannot separate friends whose hearts are as one.

  11. I, too, think it is mostly about goodbyes. Interesting about the sushi, soy, sake and beer!

  12. oh do i hate goodbyes. it's on my top things that i hate list. ok, i don't really have a list. but i really do hate goodbyes.

    and thanks for the soy sauce tip! i apparently was doing it wrong too. but i didn't live in japan so i have an excuse. just kidding!

  13. Okay the beer and sushi part got me because I love both of them but the goodbyes are sad!!!
    I didn't know that the rice should not touch the soy sauce... what do you mean paint it on with the ginger?? I can bearly use chop sticks... I think I will stick to drenching my rice in soy!!! YUM!!!

  14. I guess I'm eating my sushi wrong too - I always dip my rice in the soy sauce.

    Since I would never eat pickled ginger, I guess I'll keep being uncouth. :-)

  15. Congrats on day 443!!!

    I dont like any beer :) I prefer mixed drinks.

  16. Goodbyes are sad, but you never know when you will say Hello, so you have to remain an optimist!


    P.S. I'm eating sushi later today and I'm dipping the whole thing like I normally do. LOL

  17. What? I soak my rice in the soy sauce! I like cold beer :) Nice post! :)

  18. Welp!
    I've been dipping my sushi wrong as well and I liked to consider myself a bit of a sushi afficionado.
    There we are!

  19. I wanna go to Japan. Was it amazing living there? I bet it was. So jealous.

  20. I am terrible with goodbyes. It is one of the things I struggle with most.

    I never knew about the sushi thing either until I say Dadisodes always dipping his upside down ;)


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