First he visited our local international school K-12, CAJ or Christian Academy in Japan.
Next he found some other beautiful flowers along the street, but nobody here spoke much english and didn’t know the name of the flower…
But he didn’t let that stop his exploring:
He visited a shop known as “hyakuen” shop. Literally meaning 100 yen shop (dollar store…) and found some gorgeous hair stuff for girls.
Next, he found the best view of Fuji he could find. Unfortunately the clouds covered the great volcano but on a clear day, the photo he stuck himself to shows the view – literally – from this exact spot. Very exciting, though a tad bit scary, so he rushed off to some genuine Japanese “conbini” (convenience store) bento lunches:
Far too much sushi, onigiri and nigiri rolls to choose from… oh, what is an Owl to do…
The children loved looking at the photos of Mr. Owl in Tokyo. They were especially intrigued with Fuji — A VOLCANO! Here are a few more things that the children wanted to share with the blogosphere. Mr. Owl coincided with the children learning a bit of Japanese history in their history book. They learned about the Yamato Dynasty, which united Japan and is the oldest dynasty in the world! The first Yamato emperor to rule was almost two thousand years ago and there is still a Yamato emperor to this day. The first Yamato emperors had a lot of work to do to unite all the differing clans back then, so they borrowed many ideas from China and Korea. However, they wanted to be considered equals with China and so they called themselves “The Land of the Rising Sun” and China was called “The Land of the Setting Sun” in an effort to say that Japan and China were equals.
The children’s history book also suggested we try making a Japanese meal, so we went for it. We made Osumashi -Clear Soup, Gohan -Rice, Goma-ae -Sesame Seed Dressing, which went on steamed green beans and Yakimono, this was how we prepared our steak. Cooking in the “yaki” method in Japan means that the dish has been cooked over a very high heat. This cooking method allows the outside of the food to get crispy and the inside juicy. We used the Beef Teriyaki recipe given, but one could use the “yaki” method to cook other types of meats, fish or vegetables.
We cut our steak into very small pieces and marinated them overnight. Then we skewered them and grilled them over very high heat. The children definitely loved the entire meal and we will certainly be adding this into the mix of menus for the kiddos!