I’ve found the story of the abdication of Japan’s Emperor Akihito. He’s the first emperor to leave office. Akihito is 86 and decided to abdicate due to his age and health. Many thought he should stay in this role till his death as is the custom. This weekend on NHK, the Japanese PBS channel, they offered several documentaries on the Emperor Emeritus’ long reign.
In Japan the year is determined by the current Emperor so this year will be Reiwa 1. Emperor Akihito’s era was Heisei and till April 30 the year was Heisei 30.
Dianne, her student Emma and I went to Daming Lake on Tuesday for what’s become a weekly evening walk. Before the moon came out, we found a new, intriguing restaurant in a refurbished old shop by the canals downtown. The name is in Chinese and I can’t
While the exterior looks traditional, inside there’s a crisp, bright, artsy look.
Restaurant location marked in red
With Emma’s help we ordered mixed vegetables, fried tofu and what we thought was tempura rose petals.
The tofu was served in a dramatic manner. The server brought us a black plate with a circle of salt and the tofu stuffed inside foil. She lit the salt and flames heated the tofu before they went out. Then she cut a cross through the tofu to open it.
Tofu with spice and sprouts
Tempura purple potatoes
The tempura rose petals turned out to be tempura mashed purple potatoes, with rose petals as a garnish. Probably tastier than the petals we thought we’d get. I admit I first thought it was red bean paste inside and I turned up my nose at the dish. Once Emma said it was purple potatoes, I liked it. That says a lot more about me and psychology than the food itself.
The mixed vegetables, while not innovative were a tasty addition to the meal. We’d definitely return.
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When I was growing up I loved watching Mr. Peabody & Sherman’s cartoons as they traveled to various historical events. Now all the kids who have no idea who this famed pair is can see Mr. Peabody, the genius dog, and his boy Sherman right wrongs throughout time and space. The film, which I saw on a plane, captures the heart and soul of the original. Bravo!
The film moves quickly and is witty enough for adults and offers history with a spoonful of sugar for the young. I’m telling everyone I see that they should check this out whether they have kids or not. It’s just a fun film.
I got a later start that I wanted but I went exploring this afternoon around the new cultural complex. Far on the westside of Jinan there are two new museums, two theaters (just one is open) and a big new library.
To get there, I suggest taking the 7 bus west till it turns left. Hop off and retrace your steps to the earlier street. Then walk three long blocks west till you get to another bus stop for the 133 bus. (In between no buses travel yet.) 133’s come about once every 15 minutes. The bus will continue a mile or so further west and turn right by the semi-spherical heaters that look space age. The next stop is right in front of the museums and library.
By the time I explored the exterior of the theaters and got to the library and museum, they’d closed. I plan to return during work hours tomorrow.