What did I do?
I had a "staycation"!!!!
This is a new English word - mixing "stay at home" with "vacation".
I mainly stayed home and did necessary things that I don't usually do: clean the garden, read a book, play with cats, cook!!!, watch movies on TV...
I saw two movies in Odori: No Strings Attached, starring Ashton Kutcher (Demi Moore's younger man) and Natalie Portman. Pretty bad.
AND I saw Dancing Chaplin, the Japanese movie about the rehearsals and filming of Luigi Bonino and Tamiyo Kusakari's Charlie Chaplin inspired ballet. GREAT!
I went out to see the Daido Moriyama photo exhibition at the Sapporo Art Park - mostly black and white photos of Hokkaido in the 1970s. It was really interesting and made me think how so much of Hokkaido hasn't actually changed at ALL!
My friend Eiko is an English teacher in Nango-dori and she held a "Let's Cook and Eat and Talk in English!" party at a community center kitchen.
About 15 women and one little girl came together with Yumi, a cooking teacher, and she taught us how to make Indian bread and chiffon cake. We also did salad and chicken.
I was the guest - giving all Eiko's students a chance to speak English with a real English speaker. They did great and we all had a good time.
After cooking we all sat down to eat (and drink!!) and everyone introduced themselves in English.
Here is Yumi's cooking blog.