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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!

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!”
“RGR!”10387397_10152783296997356_2977014414126460750_n

     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!

Happy Halloween and a Healthy Newborn Baby!: Do you know Japanese people love to party?

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As you know, Japan is not a Christian country. Nevertheless, most of the Japanese celebrate Christmas, and recently many of them have become enjoying Halloween as well without understanding the essence. Actually I’m one of them…

     Not only Christmas and Halloween but also many cultural things are used commercially in this country, and ironically many people including me like to get in on the crazes! You might have thought Japanese people are shy and quiet. Well, in a way, you’re right. But interestingly they also love to party!

     There was a Halloween party at Mairo, the bakery store, near my apartment last October 26. Actually, the shop holds a Halloween party every year, and I take part in all of them…But this time it was not only to enjoy disguising themselves for the participants but also to celebrate the debut day for a newborn baby of the baker.

     I was able to meet the angel and many of my friends there. We had a wonderful time over delicious food, beer, wine, spirits like vodka, and jack-o’-lantern-shaped cake. I suppose no one was thinking about Celtic or Christian cultures during the party. But I think it’s okay if many people can drive off their gloom in unusual costumes with their friends over delicious food and drink even though they don’t understand the meanings of the original event.

     I appreciate the bakery to have had such a wonderful party and wish the baby a promising future!

Happy Halloween! : A small party at a small tavarn in a small bakery

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“What? Are you having a party? It’s tomorrow night, right?”

     I was surprised at a sudden announcement about a Halloween party. I found the info at facebook on the night before that Mairo was having a Halloween party on October 26. Mairo is a tiny bakery near my apartment and it sometimes holds interesting events such as Halloween parties. But I didn’t think they would have a Halloween party this year because I knew the baker was expecting and she was having a tough time in the early months of pregnancy. mairo 2

      So, I sent messages to my friends to take part in the party together right away. Actually it takes much time to decide on what to wear or/and to become, and to prepare costumes for joining a Halloween party not only for me but also others. I always make my own costumes, but I did not have that time this year. That is why I decided to become a zombie this time because I did not need to prepare an elaborate costume.mairo 3

     It is just a 20-minute walk from my apartment to the baker. But I did not think I should walk for the party. You know, I was wearing a terrible zombie make-up…blacken and bloodied face and sunken eyes…I did not want to scare someone on a dark street at night…What if someone would have a heart attack because of my appearance? So, I asked a friend of mine to pick me up. I prayed not to meet anyone but the friend before getting to the bread shop when I left my apartment. mairo 4

     I pressed the elevator button and waited it. It came up and the door opened. I was relieved to see no one there. When I got into the elevator, it started going down. I hope I won’t see anyone…The door opened on the first floor and a woman was about to get it in, and then she gasped at the sight of me. “Ah…good evening…” I said that and got off the elevator quickly…Halloween has become very popular in Japan as well but many people, especially senior citizens, don’t have a clue about it even now. mairo 5

     My friend had not arrived yet when I went outside from my apartment building. He was surprised when I got in his car saying, “I didn’t think you were waiting outside. Didn’t you see anyone?” I moaned and replied, “Yes, I did!!!*+%&#×÷★☆!!!” mairo 6

     When we entered the shop, the expectant baker, her sister, a new baker, and a woman welcomed us jubilantly. “Wow! What a scary! Thank you for coming!” Actually, Mairo, the bakery, changes to a tavern on Friday night. So, the last woman is the tavern’s shop master. The participants in the Halloween party bought their drinks and foods at the bar counter. We hoped someone came to the tavern without knowing about the Halloween party because we wanted to surprise them with our scary-looking make-ups and costumes. But only party-goers showed up at that time. Of course, we enjoyed ourselves having delicious foods and drinks and chatting. We also enjoyed taking photos , posting them on facebook, and then checking them with our own cellphones right away. What an era!

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!

About One Month Earlier Halloween Costume Party at Mairo

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     There was a costume party again at Mairo last Sunday. Isn’t it earlier for Halloween? Yes, it is. The title of the party was About One Month Earlier Halloween Costume Party! That was really exciting! 仮装16

     Mairo is a bakery café near my apartment. They hold many events, and had the first costume party last June. They had the second one because the first one was really heated up. (  https://moshimoshimo.wordpress.com/2009/06/22/the-costume-party-at-mair/) I was able to have fun with my friends and to make many new friends this time as well! TS3N0055

     It’s a bit difficult to express the party with words…so…look at photos! I hope you’ll join us next time!

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MAIRO (Cafe & Bakery)
Address: 2-1112, Umemorizaka, Meito-ku, Nagoya
TEL: 090-6098-0160
Webpage: http://www.k2.dion.ne.jp/~bluerose/index.htm

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