June 20th, Wednesday:
- Hayashi Rice (Pork, Carrot, Onion, Shimeji Mushroom)
- Dressed Broccoli and Tuna (Broccoli, Tuna)
- Chicken and Pork Patty
Green perilla (aojiso) dressing started as a seasoning for seaweed, to make eating it delicious. However, now it is used in many different dishes.
Hayashi rice is similar to curry rice, but uses a demi-glace sauce rather than a curry based one. They both have the same feel to me, but many people have a distinct preference for one over the other. Today’s broccoli and tuna’s aojiso dressing has almost a tangy taste, which I enjoy. It makes the generally lackluster broccoli interesting.
When I was in school, we usually had assigned seats. How they were assigned depended on the individual teacher. Sometimes it was carefully planned: separating noisy talkers or pairing low-level students with high-level students. (By the way, I can’t recommend that. It is humiliating to the low-level student and a hinderance to the high-level one.) Sometimes the seats were assigned randomly. Not uncommonly, seats were assigned merely by where you happened to be sitting on the first day of class. When I had a choice, I chose the front corner seat. Teachers always kept an eye out for troublemakers sitting in the back of class, and often called on those sitting in the front of class. However, my favoured front corner seat was generally overlooked. Thus I could do my work in relative peace.
In Japan, students are often sat in four rows of 4 or 5 pairs, each consisting of a boy on the left and a girl on the right, although there are exceptions. I imagine this system was introduced not to prevent talkative friends from sitting next to each other (that isn’t a big problem here), but rather to accustom boys and girls to interacting with each other. But I don’t really know.