Sunday, February 23, 2014

Yokohama on Saturday

I made plans with a friend to meet for breakfast and spend some time at the art museum.  Breakfast was yummy, but suspiciously resembled dessert.  I present to you, cold strawberry banana pancakes (with caramelized sugar on top of the pancakes and whipped cream and ice cream (!) between the strawberries and bananas):

J.S. Pancake Cafe
The art museum, it turns out, is closed until March 1st--a minor detail not mentioned on the English version of their website.  I spent an hour and a half commuting to Yokohama for pancakes I could have eaten in Tokyo (they have multiple locations in the city).  Good thing the conversation was great.

Living in Japan without fluency (or literacy) in Japanese is manageable, but you have a lot of moments like this.  We pay a premium for not being able to read Japanese.  The premium is paid with money (grocery stores with English labels charge a premium) and time wasted.  It also helps to never expect things to go as planned because, well, they usually don't.

(For the record, I don't think this is a Japan problem, it's an expat with no language capability problem.)

1 comment:

LP Sutton said...

But the pancakes look really good!!