= S u m m e r G i f t =
Today, Sunday, July 25th, 2010 the ubiquitous Yamato Delivery Service
delivered Ochu-gen; an esky filled with ice cream from our good friend in Koriyama, Hideo_san.
We are blessed with thoughtful friends ....
Bushido: The Soul of Japan might explain the true meaning of Japanese gift giving.（Japanese) logic runs: You are a nice person, and no gift is nice enough for you. You will not accept anything I can lay at your feet except as a token of my good will; so accept this, not for its intrinsic value, but as a token. It will be an insult to your worth to call the best gift good enough for you.
The American speaks of the material which makes the gift; the Japanese speaks of the spirit which prompts the gift.
Delicious tubs of ice cream to beat this sweltering Summer heat ....
Vanilla is the best taste of them all.