We chose our own combinations and I selected one that included welsh onion just for you Kay!! Not sure if they came from Wales or not!!……..
We were handed a bowl of ingredients that included a base of finely shredded cabbage with a rice flour sauce. After a little combining it was time to cook on the hot plate in the centre of the table. A timer is set and then a glass lid placed on top while watching it cook. It is a combination of pancake, omelette and fritatta and so, so good…….
This is what the okonominyaki was supposed to look like when done by the professionals! Thanks so much Jacki and Jo….it was wonderful!…...
As we wandered back to the hotel I continued to be awe struck by the fake food displays outside each eatery…….it all looks so very real……..I dined on my own a couple of nights as I was too tired to go out, so some comfort food in a burger place nearby. A small and slightly sweet chicken burger - much smaller than we are used to but quite enough and very tasty…….(a reminder of how we overeat!)
Back at the hotel one had to walk past this each day……..and yes I did give in….just once!
I didn't realise until I came home and downloaded my phone photos that I had taken this when I first arrived at the quilt show - another reminder of the spectacle of it all……..My flights home seemed long with the mandatory two hours required before each flight - a 5 hour flight from Tokyo to Hong Kong and then a wait of another 5 hours before just over 8 hours overnight home. I was sure it would be less taxing than the flights to the UK but the time zone change is much kinder to the body. As I reached my final boarding gate my pass would not scan…."a problem" she said with a smile and then handed me a new one. Yes…..I'd been upgraded to Business class without asking!!! Despite that one still gets very tired. By the time they serve you dinner and then wake you for breakfast you have only had about 4 hours between to get some sleep. But what an amazing experience for me and I am so, so grateful for all of it…….
Travel can be taxing on the body and this trip was no exception even though it was short. The ankles swell and after peeling off all the warm layers I discovered my blotchy ageing spots on my arms had all dried out and been bleeding…..so lots of moisturiser, a good night's sleep and all is well! While I was away and since being home I've received several messages about the news of a new unpublished Beatrix Potter tale. It even made our newspaper yesterday……...
There are several links to the story including a video HERE. As I continue to drool over the incredible Beatrix potter quilts of Yoko Saito and her students I still feel somewhat disheartened over my attempts for the new book. But Larry put it into perspective by saying my work is probably "more suited to the masses and more achievable"………so I think that might be right! You can read more about Yoko's exhibition and a report on this website - Okan Arts and I do like Patricia Belyea's response to one of the comments…….
"The Japanese have a training system for quilting that is intense and rigorous. This is not the work of dilettantes!"
That makes me feel much better - more soon when my camera is fixed x