25.03.2007 -17 °C
One of the most enjoyable things in life is hanging with friends. As the temperatures warm, not only do the flowers come alive with colour, trees fill with green and grass returns to the landscape; the Japanese return to an outdoor lifestyle.
And it was with the welcome return of warmth to the landscape that we ventured down to the local park for a BBQ. The plum blossoms had arrived early and my regular drinking friends from [es] were eager to enjoy the spirit of the season.
About 30 of us gathered in the park. We were prepared for a feast, a large garbage bag filled with ice, beer and chuhai at the edge of the blue tarp.
A charcoal BBQ set roared with the sizzle of mushrooms, capsicum and Japanese radish and marinated beef; a familiar smell of weekends lingered through the air.
The drinking and eating continued all afternoon. A football was tossed back and forth while waiting on the next round. Children and families looked on with envy; dogs half barked and panted begging to join us as they desperately tried to drag their masters over. At one point, the football was thrown too far and a small boy spirited it back for us. We kicked it back to him. His friends raced to play with us and soon a game developed as they ran circles around us in our tipsy state. Their parents laughed as their kids screamed out "ball please! ball please"
As the day faded and the beers began to run low, Akira found himself sleepy after a massage.
Why wait for a photo when you can create your own fun and soon we began to pile any loose objects on top of him.
His half buried state provided the laughs as we continued to play a strange Jenka game into the night; the simple rule of finishing your drink if you were the one that caused him to wake up. For my sake, I7m glad he's a heavy sleeper.