Friday night I went out to dinner with some friends. It was a dinner to celebrate the birthday’s of 2 girls, but really, it’s just a good excuse to get together. We went to Poco a Poco. Only one of us had been there and she raved about it, so it was a go. It’s an all you can eat and drink (including alcohol) restaurant, but it’s not a buffet. You order what you want and as much as you want for 3000 yen ($40). They will charge you if you have an excessive amount of leftovers, but we love to eat, so that wouldn’t be a problem. You get 3 hours to consume all this food. After 3 hours, they won’t kick you out, but they do cut you off. Check out the menu!
I’m not exactly sure how much we actually ate, but I know we got our money worth. There was ten of us and I know we had (at least) 3-4 pizzas, 5 plates of rice, 5 orders of fried tacos, 10 plates of the Grilled Diced Beefsteak (it was like butter in your mouth), 5 plates of Carpaccio, 4 desserts, as well as spring rolls, a few different shrimp plates, edamame, the best potatoes I think I’ve ever had, and lots of other things we tried and crossed off our reorder list.
After dinner, I wanted to go next door to see what Pachinko actually is. We attempted it, but now I have absolutely no idea. Gambling is illegal in Japan (they have back door ways of getting around it), but there are casinos everywhere advertising Pachinko. I always thought it was some kind of slot, but pictured Plinko from the Price is Right. I’m not sure how to play it. There are a lot of little silver balls and you turn this wheel and that’s about all I know.
Saturday, I had planned to take the kids to see the Cirque Dreams tour. It was a free show and MCCS had said they weren’t giving out tickets. They never do. We got there 2.5 hours before the show, but I wasn’t about to wait in the line after I saw it. Come to find out, people had started getting there like 4 hours before the first show. Then, MCCS did hand out numbers, but not to the people in line. They just gave them out to whoever asked for them. Some people ended up waiting like 6 to 8 hours to see the show. I would have loved to see it, but I can’t wait that long with the kids.
Rain was in the forecast Sunday afternoon, so we got up early to go to the Yamauchi Park. We are on a mission to visit all the parks we find out about. This one didn’t disappoint! It had a roller slide, not as good as some others, but any roller slide is a good slide. It also had a drop slide and lots of things for them to climb on. It did start raining, so we decided to go to Kadena and get some donuts for a late breakfast. We ended up passing a Japanese donut shop, so we stopped there instead. It was really good and a lot cheaper than I expected!
All in all, not a bad weekend (if you don’t count the huge fit Little Man threw, which got him stuck in his room for all of Saturday)!