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The Final Day of Aki-chan Izakaya Bar: Good-bye, Aki-chan. Thank you for your hospitality and delicious dishes…

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       “Aki-chan Izakaya Bar closes at the end of January!” What? I was surprised and sad at the sudden news in the middle of January. Izakaya means Japanese bar-restaurant. This bar was not an ordinary bar. It opened only on Friday and Saturday evenings at Mairo, the bakery in my neighborhood, after the bakery closed their door at six p.m. I don’t know the reason, but Aki-chan decided to end four years of business there. aki2

     The final day was on January 31. The customers could enjoy not only Aki-chan’s delicious handmade dishes but also Mairo’s pizzas that night. They had recently built a stone oven for pizza. But they don’t usually use the oven because they need to preheat it with wood at least one hour before starting to bake pizzas and they can’t bake lots of pizzas. It’s inefficient for them to use the oven for business. In fact, they built it for pleasure. aki3

     When I arrived at the bakery / the bar around seven p.m., Oku-chan, who had built the oven, was standing in front of it and baking pizzas. Actually, he is not a baker, he is just a friend of the staff. According to the husband of one of the bakers, Oku-chan came to the bakery around noon to prepare for this event. You know, Aki-chan Izakaya Bar started after six when the bakery closed the door. It was more inefficient than I had thought…But I was lucky because I had an opportunity to try some of their rare pizzas! aki5

     Customers came in one after another to the bar to say good-bye to Aki-chan and to enjoy her food and pizzas. One of them was a friend of mine, Kon-chan, whom I hadn’t seen at the annual Halloween party in Mairo last October. We usually meet there. That was a good chance for us to catch up. I wanted to hear from him about his recent news because at Mairo’s Halloween party held two years ago, he had confessed that he had got a girlfriend at last after divorce and that he had become a groupie of Momoiro Clover Z, a Japanese idol group. aki4

     I couldn’t believe him. He and his girlfriend were stuck in a rut. He told me that it might be time for him to break up with her…Hmm…it might be…As for Momoiro Clover Z, he said, “I’m a still fan of them, but I’m now crazy about Team Shachihoko!” Oh, Gosh! He is in his mid-forties…Team Shachihoko is another Japanese girls group in Nagoya…Well, I’m happy if he’s happy…Anyway, I enjoyed talking to my friends and other customers with Aki-chan’s food and Mairo’s pizzas.

     Good-bye, Aki-chan. Thank you for your hospitality and delicious dishes. I wish you a wonderful new chapter!

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The Halloween Party @ Miro in 2014: You can come here naked!

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10599324_10152783291912356_2190151069188427448_n     Everyone was surprised when I answered, “A bakery nearby.” Do you know what they asked?

     “Will you take part in a Halloween party this year?”Screenshot_2014-11-06-14-45-24
     “Yeah.”
     “Where are you going?”
     “Miro.”
     “What is it? A restaurant?”
     “No, a bakery nearby.”
     “A Halloween party at a bakery?!”

     Actually, Miro, the bakery holds a Halloween party every year, and I have attended them without fail so far. I was a witch last year. And this year I disguised myself as Maleficent! But I am not as slim as Angelina Jolie. So I had to wear thick shadow on my cheeks! Anyway, I went to the bakery in my hand-made costume this year, too. I look forward to meeting old friends and new people there every year. 1010118_386691044826667_3445927870504971979_n

     However, Kon-chan, a friend of mine, LINEd me with a sticker, which was a crying man: I might not be able to come this year! I was sad because I had expected to meet him. When I told other participants about Kon-chan’s absence, they were also sorry. We wanted to hear from him what had happened with his girl friend afterwards… What a shame!10712932_10152783291082356_1687141319878098156_n

     Enjoying food with my friends, I suddenly noticed that Girasol had not come to the party yet. He is also a regular participant. He performed with his light saber last year…It was a few minutes past eight. I texted him with a photo I had taken at the party.1507919_386690168160088_107494918271858174_n

“Hello! Aren’t you coming this year?”
“What?! Is the party on now?!
“You didn’t know? OMG!”
“I didn’t know that! Or I should say I didn’t notice that, maybe…”
“Can you come?”
“Well…I’ll arrive there around 9:30…I don’t know whether I can stay there for an hour if I come…What shall I do?”10462975_10152783291167356_907277443039235109_n
“Does it take you 90 minutes to come here?”
“It’ll take an hour, but I’ve just started taking a shower…”
“Finish having a shower right now! You can come here naked!”
“Oh, no! I can’t do that!”
“Don’t answer me! Leave home soon!”
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     After a while, the baker came to the counter with a big pot, shouting “Donabe cake!” Donabe means earthen pots, which are not used for baking cake usually…How big! I asked her if they still had some food, mentioning Girasol was coming soon, “He didn’t know about this party.” She was very surprised and assured me, “Okay, I’ll prepare some food for him, then!”1012923_10152783291557356_7221395947877148033_n

     While we were enjoying the cake, Girasol showed up. Soon the baker appeared with some food and a “Snoopy” cap. She put many dishes on the table before him and the cap on his head, saying “Welcome!” with a big smile. What a wonderful reunion! Last time I met most of the participants was one year ago. But it was very easy for us to close the gap. I was very happy to talk with many people over delicious food this year, too!

The Halloween Party at Mairo in 2011: "Trick or treat?" "Here they really come!"

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ハロ1       Trick or treat? There was a Halloween party at Mairo, the bakery shop in Meito-ku, on October 29. It was an annual party. How time flies! The last year party seemed like only the event of the previous day…Does that mean I have become older? Anyway, the party was really fun as always!

     This year I invited two new people to the party. One is a friend at mixi, the social network in Japan, and another one is a sales clerk at a shopping center nearby.

     One day, the mixi friend wrote on his wall of Facebook, “I’ve got three days off at the end of this month. What shall I do?” So, I left a comment, “I’m going to take part in a Halloween party on 29. It’s held at a bakery shop where customers do something. How about coming to Nagoya and going to the party together with me?” He lives in Tokyo, though, he came!  ハロ2

     The clerk sells ladies clothing and I sometimes buy clothes there. So we are acquainted. I have talked to her about the Halloween party before, and one day when I dropped by she asked me, “Is the Halloween party you have mentioned before going to be held this year, too?” So, I replied, “Yes, it’s on 29. Why don’t you come? It’ll be fun!” And she came with a friend of hers.

     All the participants were wearing costumes at the bakery shop. So were the bakery’s owner and staffers, of course! I don’t know whether it’s because people can act other characters or show their real characters in costumes and thick make-ups, but all of them were really excited and enjoyed ourselves at the party talking to many monsters over delicious food. mairo34

     At 8 o’clock p.m. we in all Halloween costumes went outside and walked to a house near the bakery shop. “Trick or treat?!” We shouted. The door opened and it revealed through the light that the house, which was traditional Japanese style, was not suited to a Western event…But the residents welcomed us, all of who were wearing strange costumes and make-ups, warmly and gave us sweet treats…Actually, they were very excited to see us and took our photos frantically, saying, “Here they really come!” ハロ3

     All of the participants looked happy and content when we came back to the bakery. We had a really good time together. What a life! I am really lucky to be pleased with many nice friends! I’m sure the two of new comers also had a great time! I knew it because of their expressions! I was very happy to see them and the other participants laughing!

     I can enjoy a quality of life because Japan is still peaceful in spite of that it has many problems, such as the nuclear accident, the recovery from the great earthquake and the tsunami, the typhoon damages, TPP issue, etc…I’m thankful for each day and pray for peace in the world.

Mairo: #2-1112, Umemorizaka, Meito-ku, Nagoya, Aichi, Japan
http://www.k2.dion.ne.jp/~bluerose/access.html

 

Halloween Party at Mairo in 2010

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      Happy Halloween! There was a Halloween party at Mairo, the bakery, last night, though, Halloween has not come for another week. There were many delicious food and drink, and nice people in the party, and I had a really good time there.5467629_817185526_28large.jpg-a

     The bread shop began holding the party last year, and I’m surprised that one year had already passed.     

The party last year (http://wp.me/p16bjt-I) had been really crazy, but this year’s was, of course, raging! TS3N0845

     Fallen angels, a vampire, a Death, pirates, a dog, a cat, a cheerleader, witches, a rabbit, anime characters, a crazy fan of Dragon’s, damned nurses, a space alien…funny!TS3N0863

     Mairo is not an ordinary bakery, but is an experience-based one! Of course, they sell lots of wonderful bread and light meals. Why don’t you join us next time when they throw an interesting party?マイロ正面

Mairo, the bakery:
     2-1112 Umemorizaka, Meito-ku, Nagoya, Aichi, Japan
http://ameblo.jp/panya-mairo/

New Year Party at Mairo

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     Have you ever heard of a “participatory bakery”? I know one. It’s Mairo! The bakery shop is very small, but has big potential. They have had many interesting events, especially costume parties in the fall, on Halloween, and on Christmas. This time they had a New Year Party on 23. I, of course, took part in it.

   Their parties have always themes. This time, the New Year Party’s theme was “Japanese-style”. The bakery staffers and most participants wore something Japanese. I put on an old Japanese pattern vest and an accessory.

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       Japanese people used to write letters which express New Year or their New Year’s resolution with brush and ink on January first. So did the participants this time.

 

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   We kneaded dough for dumplings together and made oshiruko, or red bean drink. That was fun! Of course, the oshiruko was very nice!

 

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    Lots of delicious foods and drinks. Chattering with friends and playing games together. I had a really wonderful time!