This blog is going to require some catching up. I didn’t write about yesterday’s perfect moment, but I will now. Hopefully I will post both today’s and yesterday’s Perfect Moments.
So, let’s start with yesterday. A former student of mine was hanging around outside my class just before it started. I went out to say hello and he handed me a bag of chocolates. It turns out that his parents came to visit from Japan and upon his request brought some chocolates for me.
If I weren’t so adverse to slapping my face up here, I would paste a picture of my very happy, smiling face. Of course, I appreciate that he thought of me and convinced his parents to do that. That was great. I always appreciate a gift, and I know that when I get them, I have really made an impression on a student.
As for my fondness for Japanese confectionary…. It isn’t just the taste, which is different, but more the reminder for me. When I was first in Japan, trying new foods, new drinks, and adjusting to new surroundings, I could always count on sweets (not bakery sweets, which could be rather challenging). I could easily find the chocolate bar aisle and didn’t mind taking a risk on some things. Even if you make a mistake with chocolate, it’s still chocolate–unless it is over 95% cocoa, then it’s just heinous.
In Japan, the chocolate aisle in supermarkets and convenience stores is pretty awesome. Just watch a few YouTube videos and you will see lots of them. There are probably lots of blogs and vlogs on Japanese snack food. I am sure chocolate will be featured among them.
I’ve written about it before, but I just thought I should go into a little depth. I am thankful for the gift and I am excited to eat some of them.