Saturday night, one of my students, Mr. Manabu Kondo (近藤学さん) took me and one of my fellow teachers out in honor of my birthday. Now, this wasn’t the fanciest sushi place in Nagoya, but it was spectacular. And it was doubtless some of the best sushi I’ve ever had in my life. Especially noteworthy is the zukemaguro (the deep red one in the picture on the left), tuna marinated in soy sauce. He even bought us a fantastic bottle of champagne. Heavenly is not sufficiently strong enough a term to describe this meal. Thanks so very much, Manabu-san!