The Odd Wife

Sunday, May 22, 2005

Our Asian Evening

EH and I like to consider ourselves fairly cultural sorts. We're into the arts, particularly film, and we enjoy strolling through art festivals and fairs. On many things, we agree and share interests and yet we have individual preferences and styles also.

With my back pains acting up again Saturday night, we skipped a super-cool party we'd been invited to and settled in for a rainy night of Asian fun.

First, we learned that the cute-sy Japanese cat with one or both paws waving is called Maneki Neko and we learned the legend behind it (Thanks, Google!)

Next, we picked up a hearty Chinese feast for us all and rented 2 Japanese foreign films from the local Blockbuster. SG got a game since neither film was appropriate for her to see.

EH and I watched The Audition, which is a widely popular Japanese horror flick. I was crawling off the couch, covering my eyes and shrieking. Success.

Next, as it got later, we snuggled into bed to watch 2LDK, in my opinion a roaring good time. If you have a twisted sense of humor and can keep up with a subtitled film, I highly recommend checking this one out. I LOVED it and it's the sort of film you talk about later. Extraordinary. They took a low budget, two cast member film and made it great. That's what independent film is about.

In the end, what we learned from our evening was plentiful...

  • Maneki Neko is a Japanese good luck symbol and means "Beckoning Cat" based on a legend of a cat named Tama

  • Honey Garlic Chicken is awful. I won't make that mistake again.

  • "Hai" is a weak translation of "yes" and really is the equivalent of "Uh-huh"

  • Japanese chicks can be scary as hell...

  • Kittens are harder to get rid of than you think...(don't ask)

  • Posted by Red :: 1:24 PM :: |
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