I ate a fig for the first time in my life yesterday! I suppose they must not grow in our area? The flavor is simple, clear, something like a pomegranate. But the texture is interesting, bristly like the inside of an artichoke, tipped in pink.
In a nod to the changing weather, vending machines have started stocking hot drinks again. I'm thrilled at getting my beloved royal milk tea once more.
In case you were wondering, here's a picture of that gyoza statue. In other "news about sacred landmarks being mistreated" here's one about a foreigner skinny-dipping in the moat around the Imperial Palace. Mom and I were there, but nothing so bizarre happened.
I don't want to speak too soon and jinx myself but I believe my ear infection is cleared up? After using just about every home remedy, I should hope so - you'll be glad to know I stopped short of pouring my own urine into my ear as one forum poster recommended. I did, however, try garlic and tea tree oil and the aforementioned xylitol - guess I'll never know which worked. As long as it does, ne?
I'm sure this is to everyone's shock, but I actually also listen to non-Asian music! I was telling my sister the other day that a band with a name like "Death Cab for Cutie" doesn't necessarily need to be death metal, so here's proof. There's nothing extraordinary about the voice or music or lyrics, which maybe makes it hurt more. Here's two very sweet, evocative songs:
"I will follow you into the dark"
(that music video is awesome too)
And "Brothers on a hotel bed"