i guess nobody posts in here anymore
they brought me some mochi, just plain mochi, so i have to figure out what to do with it. i meant to ask for daifuku, silly me. looks like the best and easiest thing is to just toast it in the toaster oven or on the stove, and i don't know if i can find the sauces i usually see recommended for dipping when i search it online, so it'll probably just be soysauce or something. gonna try it at my mom's tomorrow though. when i mentioned daifuku when we were chatting here over the holidays Yuki said they tend to have a short shelf life so they wouldn't have travelled well anyways so i'm better off this way. i did want something sweet though, oh well.
the best news ever... my brother in law proposed to her on xmas eve! and now the whole family gets to go to Japan for a traditional shinto wedding! *dies* it'll probably be this fall, shinto ceremonies i guess are always spring or fall and seems like they don't want to wait for next spring and this spring would be too soon to make plans. hopefully it will be enough time for us to save up the money. hubby and i think we've got the airfare covered for the two of us between an award he's getting at university and our income tax return that we'll get in the spring.. so we just need money for hotel food and shopping.. lots and lots of shopping. oh and a wedding gift, and kimono to wear to the ceremony most likely *squeeeee*
anyway i'm just researching vegan restaurants and i'm surprised at how many there are! i found a site to order a guide for vegan travellers to tokyo but i'm finding enough info on my own that i can save the money and just compile my own guide :P but if any of you have any recommendations please post them. the ceremony will likely be in Nikko but we will be spending a fair bit of time in Tokyo as well. there's quite a list of restaurants and cafes on happy cow for Tokyo, only 3 in Nikko that are veg-friendly and they have very limited seating, so it might be tough there.. i think the most important thing is to learn how to ask for specific items, or how to leave off specific items, so i can just eat anywhere, since i'm the only veg in the family anyways. i can get away with a couple meals at veg places probably but i'll have to make do with wherever the rest of the group wants to go ^_^;
i have been studying the language for some time now (though it's slow going since i'm not disciplined enough to get at it every day like i should... i'm making more of an effort now that i know we're actually going in the near future) so hopefully i can get to that point before we go, and be able to read ingredients as well so i can buy snacks etc