Ah, the wonders of Baum Kuchen. Yes, that picture is not one of grilling doner kebab from Turkey, but of the German iced roll cake. I took this shot back on Sunday where this thing was rolling in the show window of the Ginza department store, Matsuzakaya. I kinda think that some of the boys must be giving chunks of BK to their GF today on White Day.
Unfortunately, today should be rightly called Gray Day since that is the meterological tone outside. The rain and gale-force winds started just before The Ace showed up for his lesson last night...mostly the latter, thankfully. Didn't want to have to contribute to the various skeletal remains of busted umbrellas that littered the streets.
I guess the maxim is right that those who give will receive. After being Choco Claus for a week, I ended up getting stuff for a change from my two juku students last night. The Ace managed to smuggle some Columbia Supremo (I want to stress that this is coffee I'm talking about), two bags' worth of light and dark roast. And then, The Restauranteur, as promised, brought over a frozen box of these dumplings called jagabuta (literally translated as "tater pig"). Stuff that Homer Simpson would love. I'm gonna give it a shot tonight.
The gales continued onto this morning, which affected the Tozai Line schedule but luckily by the time I got outside, the winds largely subsided so that it was only rain. The sun is supposed to come out later today, but I'm not getting any indication of it all so far.
I heard from my two potential students over e-mail. MB's buddy was generous enough to let Thursday's meet-and-greet slide and so the Wednesday class will be going on as scheduled. Then, The Carolinan's friend, who will be laid off next week and will therefore have plenty of time for English lessons, has also contacted me for lessons. I'm glad for the business but I feel sorry for her.
Found out from Ichikawa TV that our cash handouts won't be headed our way until mid-May at the earliest. Not that I'm all that put out...12,000 yen isn't a huge amount. Of course, there were the warnings of being aware of the various conmen who'll try to grab the cash.
Speaking of The Ace, we both found out how small our world is. The Ace works at a food additives company nearby. The company used to be owned and operated by Grandma FON's late husband. I jokingly said that if I ever got those two together, The Ace would be the most powerful employee by association. He half-jokingly asked me not to go through with the plan.
Anyways, I've got just The Publicity Agent in about 45 minutes and then that's it for me. I still have to head on out to Kinokuniya to find a textbook for MB's friend.