Santa and Shabu-Shabu!
Trip Start Nov 02, 2009
26Trip End Jan 06, 2010
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Today is my first day in the chair, visiting with children and others as Santa. I'm anxious to get to work and put on the costume and hair – I just hope it’s not too warm! Tomorrow we are supposed to have lots of rain so who knows what will happen then!
I went to lunch on Sunday with my friend, Yoshi Hanabusa who I have known since the first year. He took me to a great buffet with lots of Japanese foods. Don’t ask me what I ate because I have no idea what some of the things were! I know there was some curry, some egg dish (with things in it???), a pork and apple dish (sort of American) and yummy Japanese desserts which are typically less sweet than ours
(Later in the evening)
Just got home from my first day in the chair. It was great fun to be back. It was a beautiful day, around 70 degrees. The air was still and the humidity was higher than normal. That means sweating Santas! Our wigs, beards, and suits were soaked by the end of the day! We had a great time seeing old and new faces. Our Japanese friends are always surprised when we remember them. Already the lines are approaching 3 and a half hours wait time…that will only increase as the season goes on.
After work the other guys, and one of the ladies joined me for dinner with the Mano family. Those of you who have followed my adventures in years past know that they have a restaurant on the first floor of their home. They serve Shabu-Shabu style. There are large electric pots on the table with boiling water or broth. Then thinly sliced carrots, enoki mushrooms, and bokchoy cabbage are served ready to put in the pot
We had a great time visiting with the Mano family and they seemed thrilled to have us come to see them and eat at their restaurant. Check out the pictures!
Tomorrow promises a big rain storm…who knows if we will get to go out or not, I’ll let you know!
More later . . .