Sukiyaki すき焼き

One of the most difficult questions I get in Japan is, “what’s your favorite Japanese food?” Well after a dinner such as the one we had tonight at Somemaru’s house, I have to say that sukiyaki places in the top 3.

Somemaru recently received as a gift about 5lbs of high-grade beef, thinly sliced. This was the star ingredient in our sukiyaki dinner tonight, of which I ate so much! Somemaru made the comment, “you won’t be able to eat this luxuriously for much longer.” This is true since my last day as a morning-to-night deshi will be ending tomorrow…

But it is not the great food I will miss the most. I am extremely happy to have had such a wonderful and fruitful time with Somemaru, and I will definitely miss being with him every day. I now need to spend the majority of my time on my dissertation, but I will still look forward to seeing Somemaru from time to time when he calls me to come over to his place or to rakugo events in the future.

日本にいるとき、かなり難しい質問は「和食の中で一番好きなものはなんですか。」今日のような夜食の後、すき焼きがトップ3に入るとハッキリ言えます。

最近、染丸師匠が高級牛肉のプレゼントをいただきましたので、それが今晩のすき焼きのスター材料でした。僕も本当にタップリいただきました(御馳走様でした!)。師匠が「これからこんな贅沢なもの食べられへんで」と行っていました。毎日師匠のお宅に行くのは明日までなので、本当にその通りです...

しかし、一番寂しいことは美味しい料理が食べられなくなることではありません。今まで、師匠と素敵な時間、そうして実りある経験ばっかりさせていただいてきたもので、これから毎日一緒いられないことが一番寂しいことです。これからの毎日生活は論文の方に力を入れないといけないですが、染丸師匠がお宅に、または落語のイベントに招待してくださったら、もちろん飛んでいきます!

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