- We had Thanksgiving.
This year, Thanksgiving was eaten at Phred's Bar, a little hole in the wall gaijin bar run by a man that looks a lot like Santa Claus (Phred). For 2500 yen, we ate all the turkey dinner we could stuff in our bellies, and boy, was I miserably full. The walls of the bar were covered ceiling to floor with beer cans from every time period you can imagine. Really interesting place.
- It snowed.
We finally had our first big snow of the year about two weeks ago. Then it got warm and melted. Then it snowed again. I think you see the pattern here. The scarves, hats, and gloves are all out, and we're preparing outselves for another Sapporo winter.
- I got a haircut
In Sapporo, there are three things that you can find almost anywhere: bars, ramen shops, and hair salons. I swear, there's two or three around every corner. But while there's a plethora to choose from, it can be rather scary for a foreigner needing a cut. Can they speak English? Do they have experience cutting Western hair? This is only my third haircut since coming to Japan, and the last two times I went to a salon called Earth, where a wonderful English-speaking stylist named Rie has done great things. But it's a little expensive, and I'm always looking for something new. Friday I went to a place called Lala, and found the stylist, Kengo, to be really amazing. He also speaks Spanish, has a salon in Mexico, and has been to McAllen, Tx. Pretty cool. Lala was about 2000 yen less than Earth, so if anyone is looking for a great place to get their haircut, I highly recommend both places.
- I took the JLPT
Ok, so this isn't really news. But man, I love okonomiyaki!