Sushi, Hookah, Cabs, Drink & Not Wanting to Leave!

I gradually learn more about sushi as I go. I mentioned in the Sushi-Go-Round blog that “sushi” actually refers to the rice, not the fish. It’s so interesting to read about it because they really look at sushi rice as the art form & the most important part of the sushi, and the fish is really considered secondary. I’ve also come to learn that the best fish for certain sushi actually isn’t fresh but aged. These people really know what they’re doing.

I smoked hookah for the second time in my life. I don’t get too into smoking anything, generally, but I guess I can get down on some hookah. Although, I was also drinking, hadn’t eaten in like 12 hours, it was literally the middle of the night, starting out at midnight and going until 5 am (thanks to Rob’s work schedule). I smoked A LOT of hookah & the night didn’t end well for me… I think the biggest mistake was not eating anything. We went out with some of Rob’s work friends, and started at a bar called Jammin’ which was way overpriced (like $20 for two beers) so we didn’t stay there long & ended up at LC’s, who had the hookah, had much more reasonably priced drink & a very friendly staff. Probably like 1/3 or more of the establishments right here in the “Little America” section of Yokosuka offer hookah & for some reason, I’ve been wanting to smoke it. So now that’s done. It’s actually pretty cheap, costing only 1000 Yen. Hookah is just flavoried tobacco so it’s not a big deal. This place has the biggest hookah bongs I’ve ever seen! They also have habushu, which is liquor with a pit viper in the bottle. I won’t get into the details about how they get the snake into this bottle (it isn’t very nice) but I have to be honest… it kinda grosses me out.

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I think I’m going to give ramen one more chance. I’ve heard repeatedly that not all ramen is created equally and I’m determined to understand why people love it. Supposedly, the most competetive place to find good ramen is Shinjuku.

We walk most places around here but every once in a while, find ourselves taking a cab. We recently took a cab on base that was driven by a friendly American. He was a chatty guy & asked how we liked it here, to which we replied we were enjoying our time. He then commented about how peaceful it is here, which goes along with what Rob had said before we even arrived about the “wa” in Japan, basically meaning “harmony.” After thinking about it, it is pretty peaceful. The majority of people are nice & heplful, & people are quiet.

I’ve started watching the calendar a little bit because we are well past the halfway mark of this trip. It’s a super bummer for me because I am enjoying everything about this trip. There’s always the chance that it could be extended but I don’t think that will happen because Rob’s crew is pretty close to finishing the project they came here to do. Once they’re done with the project, Rob won’t be working as many 10 hour shifts in a row either (hopefully). The overtime is nice but I would like for us to have a little more time to together to enjoy Japan before we return home. This is pretty much the best four months ever and I really hope we can come back and do this again, although a lot of that depends on my job & where things are at with that.

Time will tell.