Monday, June 02, 2008

around the neighborhood

Saturday was kind of overcast with drizzles here and there. Satoshi and I not wanting to stay indoors walked to Suigetsu Park.

On the way, we crossed a bridge and Satoshi notice something white in the water. It was a huge koi (carp)! We figured someone threw it into the river because it got too big...poor thing!

At Suigetsu Park, hanashobu (iris) and ajisai (hydrangea) are in season now. I think most of the flowers need another week to be in full bloom.

Since it was lunchtime, we walked to Grill Nana. We've gone for dinner but were interested in trying their lunch menu. There were two lunch specials: (a) ika goujon and (b) hamburger.

Satoshi chose the goujon. Goujon is apparently a dish served in France with a type of fried carp. This version came with lots of crispy fried ika (squid).

I chose the hamburger. This came on a sizzling plate. I was really disappointed with this though. The hamburger was mostly filler (bread).

Both lunches were 820 yen a piece (about US$8.20). For the price, Satoshi got his money's worth.

Tummies filled, we walked back home. Along the way I saw many flowers. One looked like lantern ilima, but when you looked closely at it, it looked more like tiny hibiscus.

There were also these beautiful purple flowers from a type of cactus.

Despite the crappy weather, the flowers around the neighborhood helped to make the day a nice one.

12 comments:

rowena said...

Thanks for the bday wish Kat. :-) And I totally agree with the 1st paragraph! Same thing here, but since today is a holiday we are still determined to go out hiking. Cool to read that the hydrangea are in season. I just noticed this morning that our plant in the yard is beginning to show color in the budding flowers.

K & S said...

I hope you have a great b-day, Rowena! Can't wait to hear about your hiking adventures :)

Take care.
Kat

OkiHwn said...

Yup, Satoshi got the winner! Your hamburger really looks strange!

K & S said...

I know Nate, I know :(

Take care.
Kat

Lori said...

You're right, as soon as I saw the orange flower I thought it was a lantern ilima!

I really like that purple cactus one though...so different from what we see here.

Dhanggit said...

my hubby and i love strolling around and walking too. i guess this drizzle and cloudy sky is everywhere..must be great to see that big koi swimming in the river! i love the last photo of ajisai!! btw, the hamburger on a sizzling plate sounds delicious!!

K & S said...

It is quite huge, Lori, and yes, that cactus is definitely different from the ones in Hawaii.

Gosh, Dhanggit, you have drizzle where you are? Hope it will be sunny soon where you are, we have gone into the rainy season here :(

Take care you two.
Kat

beadexplorer said...

The thing with the Koi is funny and odd!!! And thanks for the flower pics. The cactus flower in purple is awesome but the light blue one looks quite interesting as well.

2kamuela47 said...

I thought that lantern ilima looks like a hibicus. BTW that hamburger looks a wierd. Yep Satoshi got the better one. take care!

K & S said...

The light blue one is hydrangea, Beadexplorer. I'm glad you enjoyed the flower photos.

Thanks Laura!

Take care you two.
Kat

KirkK said...

Hi Kat - Was that Menchi-Katsu? Looks like it's been breaded and deep fried. Too much filler is so pointless....too bad.

K & S said...

Actually Kirkk, it was supposed to be hamburger on a sizzling platter :(

Take care.
Kat