We tried sake for the first time the other night. Kesh and I decided to share a 1.5 cup sake from the 7-Eleven. One of the guys at work said it's quite good if you heat it up, so we put it in a saucepan of boiling water before drinking it.


It's just like how I imagine nail polish remover would taste (if it was heated to 30 degrees).

A more successful experiment was my first taste of okonomiyaki. It's a traditional pancake type thing with chunks of squid and spices through it. Osaka seems to be obsessed with squid. It's in almost everything!

We had another night out. Not very exciting. Just went to a few bars around the city, although one of them was pretty cool. It was called the Christon Cafe and looked like an old church with Virgin Mary statues, altars, painted arches and old chandeliers. Our last stop was a place called 'Bar Isn't It?' (strange grammar I know) but it was pretty empty. I guess that's what you get for going out on a Wednesday night.

I discovered two alternative 7-Eleven late night snacks. The first is the meat pie equivalent: a white bun filled with beef and gravy, and the microwave roast beef roll equivalent: a roll with spaghetti, sauce and a thin omelette on top. They are so much tastier than their Western alternatives and I'm sure a lot healthier.

I think I've truly become a local. The other day when it was raining I managed to ride my bike while holding my umbrella. It takes a bit of effort not to fall off and be able to brake and steer with one hand. I also managed to write an e-mail on my phone one night while I was riding home (it wasn't raining then though :) )

Kesh and I have been a bit grumpy these past few days. We think perhaps we've realised that we're actually living here and aren't just on a holiday. And even though Japan is great, sometimes it's a bit exhausting. Having to push through the crowds in the city and not being understood when you say something to a store clerk can get pretty frustrating. I tried to get some money out of my Japanese bank account the other day and forgot to take the ATM instructions with me. After about 5 minutes of pressing random buttons, the machine spat out my card and closed down. It was quite depressing. (I have since located an ATM with English instructions).

Random Observation

When naming your Japanese child, you can only pick from one of 2231 Kanji symbols. If you wish, you can name your child using one of the other Japanese alphabets (Hiragana or Katakana), however you can usually only do this if you have a daughter. The No. 1 boy's name is currently Daiki and the No. 1 girl's name is Hina.