Sunday at Michael’s Cafe

koz-chiz.jpgKozue came in, bringing some interesting pickled ingredients for us to test. And had a taste of Chizuko’s apple pie cups. Verdict: she liked. group.jpgHere’s Chizuko entertaining being entertained by our guests.Rio1.jpgWe made a new friend! This is Rio, with her mom. Rio is 8 years old, speaks good English, and likes cookies. They’re originally from Japan’s Akita prefecture.

In the House: Tono’s Tennessee friend Parker J. Allen


Ryuko-san, left, dropped by with Tono’s Tennessee friend Parker J. Allen, who’s visiting this week. We had the good fortune to meet Parker, along with a lot of other fine folks from Chattanooga, Tennessee, only days after Chizuko and I first arrived in Tono last summer at the event where Chattanooga and Tono were officially joined as sister cities.  Here’s a brief clip from that event: