Hello again all you lovely people you! It is another week and time for another exciting chapter of Adventures in Spokane with your lovely (it's my blog I can say it if I want to) blogger girl Mia.
Last week I took some time to explore some of the various activities included in Spokane's Japan Week. First let me say I feel like a complete bonehead for not realizing Spokane even had a Japan Week. I've been a big fan of Japanese culture, anime, and Japanese history for years and a whole week dedicated to exploring these topics is right up my alley. You better believe I won't be missing out on Japan Week in the future.
Anyhoo, so last week was Japan Week and events were held throughout town celebrating different aspects of Japanese culture and history. Unfortunately many of these took place during the week days and I had to work (stinking work - wait, no really, I love my job at lovely Fox28! love love love! moving on...) but there were also some evening and weekend events that I could attend. On Tuesday night I headed over to the Magic Lantern Theatre to see one of my all-time favorite anime (that's Japanese animation for you newbs) on the (basically) big screen. Akira is a film MADE for the big screen. It is epic in size, story, length, and volume. The hand-drawn animation is still beautiful even three decades after it was first created, and the story still manages to garner excitement, adoration, and confusion.
Later in the week I headed out to Happy Hour at the Viking Bar and Grill with a fellow Fox28 gal and one of the Spokast Podcast guys (they will probably appear in this blog a lot - what can I say, as a recurring guest of their show I can't help but adore them). This wasn't part of Japan Week but instead a crucial part of Keeping Mia Happy during the work week. My fave bartender wasn't in the house but there were drink specials galore to keep me satisfied. Happy Hour at the Viking is a lot more laid back than at places like Zola, with a different kind of crowd floating in and out between the hours of five and seven. But the drinks were good, the popcorn was free, and there was live music playing later in the evening so it was still a fun time.
On Saturday I decided to check out another Japan Week event and headed up to Vino! A Wine Shop for sake tasting. I love sake, and I've done a sake tasting before at the awesome Momokowa Sakery in Forest Grove, Oregon. So it wasn't my first time at this rodeo, but it was still an interesting and educational experience. I fell immediately in love with Creme de Sake (the first drink we tried), a ginjo sake with a creamy texture. And though it took me a moment to get over how surprisingly bubbly it was, I also really enjoyed the sparkling sake that rounded out the tasting. The styles in the middle were not as much to my liking though I'm sure others would think the complete opposite. Sushi was available for munching and the guy running the event seemed to know his way around the drinks so it was totally worth the admittance fee.
Well once again I’m off to see what other kinds of trouble I can get up to. I’ll be back next week (on Monday if I’m feeling industrious or Tuesday if I’m being lazy) to talk about things like conveyor belt sushi, searching for the perfect happy hour, and the awesomeness of a great support group.
Why don't you head out for some adventures of your own while I'm gone? If you're lucky you just might see me bouncing around town while you're out there.
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