For dinner, the team decided to eat Tonkatsu. Apparently, in Japanese, the word katsu means win. And it’s a homonym with the food katsu, which means cutlet. So, as a good luck, people go to eat Tonkatsu before going for a competition or for a big exam. Luckily, there was a Tonkatsu restaurant, Hamakatsu, right next to our hotel.
The restaurant had quite a line when we got there. So instead of going for the long tables, we split up and took whatever table was available.
Even after the split up, we were still quite a big group. There were 7 in one table and 6 in the other, with some ordering kids menu, while others ordering different selections of the meat and rice (Rosu vs. Hire, white vs. brown rice, etc etc). Tomoko-san had to gather everyone’s orders, which was quite confusing, before giving it to the waiters. Fortunately, all the waiters were very patient with us.
I had the Rosu with a bowl of brown rice to go with it. I don’t know why, but I always like brown rice with Tonkatsu. The side dishes, like the pickles and stuff, were very yummy.
Since the restaurant was packed, we had to wait a while to have our food served. The kitchen must be very busy. Maybe it was the competition and exam season, and everybody went to the Tonkatsu restaurant….
While we were waiting for our food, Mrs. Cheng went around and gave out a ballet charm to everyone. Aina got a bunny with pink tutu.
When the food came, the children’s table stopped taking selfies and wefies. The adult table got quiet and the boys had to put in their toy cars.
The food was so good, that it went down quite quickly… and everyone started to get noisy again. I ended up buying a packet of their pickle radish, because I think Ari would love it.
For photos while we were in Fukuoka, there are all in Fukuoka 2017 photo album in Flickr. Other entries of this trip is at Japan 2017 Trip: Ballet Competitions.