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It's these kinds of realizations

You'd have to be crazy to think that every learning experience is always going to be the greatest adventure ever. In the same regard, you need to be level-headed about it, too. Reasonable, in fact. Even in the downfalls of life. Even in the struggle, and in the hardship and pain, comes the good. The experience itself is the honor. The fight is what makes us who we are. It's these things that define us, and teach us what we're capable of accomplishing. These are the things that are important. These are the lessons we must take away. We must learn to not only be happy with what we have to give to the world, but we must be satisfied with what we have to give to ourselves. This is for me.  And this is for you, too...

Thank you.

Don’t Quit
by Edgar A. Guest

When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road you're trudging seems all uphill,
When the funds are low but the debts are high,
And you want to smile but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a …

Just can't bear it...


Pass the buckwheat, please.

This afternoon we ventured down to the oldest of the Okayama arcades on the west side to have lunch at a small hole-in-the-wall soba place, recommended by my Market friend, Kaz. Apparently the homemade soba is so special, that the place is only open 6 days a week from 11am-3pm, and often closes early due to frequent sellouts. Not to mention that the place only has 3 small tables. Not surprising by the time we were ready to squeeze out of there, there were a handful of people crowded in the tiny space waiting for the next available table. Here are a few pictures to document the experience:

From inside the Batcave
Traditional wall decor.
How to make soba noodles

How to eat soba : crank it open and toss it in.
Cold soba with tsuyu dipping sauce, wasabi, minced daikon , and green onion
Step 1: "itadakimasu."
Step 2: inhale to the overhead tunes of 'Stand By Me'.
Mine was hot soba with tamagoyaki (pressed egg cake), and kamaboko (pressed fish cake)
Step 3: slurp obnoxiously.