Day 3: Endo-san of Casa de Costa & Dai-chan

August 11, 2012 § Leave a comment

Endo-san:

Endo-san, the manager of Casa de Costa.

This is Endo-san, the manager of Casa de Costa (the hotel we are staying at) and he’s usually at the front desk. He’s very kind to us and let’s us know when the cleaning lady comes, or to drink lots of water because it’s hot outside. We decided to interview him and ask him how it has changed since the tsunami.

The water didn’t reach the hotel, but the earthquake caused the power to shut down.

He said the tsunami didn’t reach the hotel since the ground level was a little bit higher, but they didn’t have power for a couple of days. Since they got their shipment of food and water earlier that week, they had enough to share to their guests. They had propane gas so they cooked rice and some stir fry to last a few days.

Cheap rooms to help volunteers.

Since the tsunami, their business have been great. Their rooms are always booked by volunteers and big companies. They lowered the room price to around $35 a night hoping that it will benefit the volunteers, he said “By making the room affordable for the volunteers, I hope that I can help the recovery process in this town go quickly. ”

Ribbit.

We decided to give him one of the crochet animals that we brought, this one is made by Ayumi, as a way of saying thank you. We heard one of the female staff saying “Oh my gosh, it’s so cute!” so that made us smile.

“Oh, he’s kinda cute.”

We decided to give him one of the crochet animals that we brought, this one is made by Ayumi, as a way of saying thank you. We heard one of the female staff saying “Oh my gosh, it’s so cute!” so that made us smile.

Ribbit Ribbit.

He is now chilling in the front desk. I hope he’ll become some sort of a mascot for this hotel.

Grocery Store: 

 

Pizza?

We went to the grocery store later that day, and I was having fun looking at all the different things they had in there. I worked at a pizza restaurant for 4 years and I’ve never seen a pizza like this. Corn, bacon, broccoli, with mayonnaise sauce…. I guess I can’t knock it ’til I try it!

 

Fiiiiiish!

Since Miyagi prefecture is right on the coast, they are known for their fresh seafood. The port of Ishinomaki is closed due to the tsunami, but some places a little far away have started fishing, and also started raising oysters. Seeing fish made me miss my dear pet fish, Patrick.

Coconut as big as Riho’s head.

Riho found a coconut. They also had VitaCoco here! I love coconut water so we bought 4 of em. It’s great for hydration.

Which way?

The roads are very narrow in Ishinomaki. Can you believe 2 cars can drive by in this street? I would probably have a car accident here everyday.

 

“Thank You”

In front of the hotel, there’s a electric sign that flashes the phrases, “Thank you to everyone who has helped with the recovery. We will give our best. ”

Heavy groceries. Nothing but junk food and sports drinks tho…

End of the day. We bought a lot of food, which we ate real fast, but it was surely heavy to carry. We even filled up our backpacks with food.

Dai-chan:

Dai-chan aka Oketiny

This is Dai-chan. He used to live in Arizona and went to ASU about 9 years ago. He was always like a big brother to me and he’d come over to my house all the time to eat dinner. He was the manager for the Sundevils and now he is the head coach for the Iwate Big Bulls. I knew him when he was around 23 being a college student, and now he matured so much with a beautiful wife and 2 adorable kids. We’re so proud of Dai-chan :) Since this was our first reunion in 9 years, he took us to dinner and we got to eat good. We’ve been living off of ramen noodles and food from 7-eleven so we were very full and happy.

On our way home, Riho and I walked by this statue, Kamen Rider. He’s kind of like a mascot for Ishinomaki.

At the stand of the statue, I just realized that there is a sign that says “Video Surveillance.” Oops.

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