Chris: “We should have Japanese food for dinner.”
Mari: “Want to try one of the restaurants around our house?”
Chris: “No, I want to have it here.”
Mari: “What? Why? Wait–you just got done saying you don’t even like much Japanese food.”
Chris: “Well I want to have some and sit in the tatami room.”
Mari: “Do you secretly just want to listen to your new Japanese koto music and feel Japanesey?”
So in the spirit of ridiculousness, I washed our new laquerware and walked down to the grocery store. I bought shrimp/avocado/horseradish on rice (our favorite), spring rolls, edemame, fried chicken and vegetables on skewers and other sushi rolls (cucumber, tuna and fermented soy beans–those are gross!). Dessert was yakitori mochi balls on sticks and red bean mochi balls in sesame seeds. Yum! I served green tea while wearing a kimono, we listened to koto music, and fun was had by all.