2011年2月20日日曜日

popcorn is for wimps

We headed out to the local National Park today. It was supposed to be a snow play day for the local AFWJers but ummm, yeah, the weather failed to cooperate and we ended up with a park with all the summer attractions- frisbee golf, hammocks, marshmallow dome etc packed up for winter and the winter attractions- tubing, sledding, snow shoeing and igloo making cancelled for lack of snow. What to do, what to do, huh?

Well, we still had walking around the park, collecting (old) acorns, playing with the huge bouncy balls and the oversize ball pit (complete with slide entrance), the nature study room and 8,000 blocks to occupy us so we did manage to get some fun in our day!

The popcorn reference? Well, they were having a special event- back to the post-war era. There was an old lolly shop, various games that kids played pre-wii like spinning tops and trading cards and a pongashi stand.

What's pongashi? It's puffed rice. When Meg was little it was one of the only snack foods she could eat as we had to avoid egg, dairy, flour and soba. I had always assumed it was made like popcorn.

But no. Popcorn is for wimps!

This is how you make pongashi:


And I think that particular pongashi making was rather tame compared to the explosion that poor G witnessed right as she walked out the door from the natural sciences room. Seriously it was incredibly bad timing.

And with all the 'We are on terror alert: if you see suspicious packages please call a staff member' (because terrorists are known for targeting under-utilised rural National Parks, right?) poor G grabbed her son to her so quickly she bumped heads. Hard.

The kid was fine (aren't they always?) but Mum headed off to lunch with a sore and slightly wobbly front tooth.

That sort of thing just doesn't happen with popcorn, now does it?

Popcorn might be for wimps but at least it's safe!

2 件のコメント:

Xana さんのコメント...

Love the terror alert! My grandma was SO worried when I first came to Japan a few months after the sarin Tokyo subway attack. I tried to explain to her that the town I was living in didn't have a subway, or a covenience store, or a traffic light. The one car train that ran twice a day usually only had 3 elderly women on it. Probably not going to attract many terrorists. I was way more likely to die in a traffic accident on the windy snow covered roads, since evryone drove white cars and never used their headlights. But she was never convinced.

L loves pongashi, such a great allergen free snack!

thefukases さんのコメント...

Ahhh but you see the sarin gas attack also happened right here in Matsumoto (where the lawyer for the prosecution lived) so the country can be dangerous too... But those are domestic incidents. I think the signs are referring to foreign extremists in which case I really feel we're probably pretty safe, right? And yup, we were pongashi addicts for awhile. I even ate it with milk when I was having rice bubble withdrawals. :)