海と花火とウェイター Beach, Fireworks and Waiter

ドラゴンが五島で楽しんだこと3つあります。まずは海水浴。梅雨時で天候は不順でしたが、海で泳ぐのを楽しみにしていたドラゴンにとって、雨などなんのその。Hおじさん宅の目と鼻の先にある砂浜で満喫しました。ここは蛤浜と呼ばれ、私が子供の時にいつも泳いでいた遠浅の綺麗な砂浜です。荒々しくて冷たい海ばかりのカリフォルニアと違い、歩いても歩いてもなかなか深くならず、穏やかで暖かい海に、ドラゴンいたく感動していました。まだ夏休みではなかったので、砂浜にはほんとんど人気なし。Hおじさんと二人で泳いで、まるでプライベート・ビーチのようでした。

Dragon enjoyed three things in Goto.  First: going to the beach.  Although the weather was very unstable in the rainy season, even rain didn’t stop him from going to the beach at all.  He had looked forward to it so much.  Just around the corner from Uncle H’s house is a beautiful shoaling beach called “Hamaguri Hama (Clam Beach).”  I used to go there all the time in my childhood.  It won’t get deep until you walk quite a distance toward the ocean.  Different from California beaches with rough waves and cold water, this quiet and warm water seemed to greatly impress dragon.  The beach was literally deserted with nobody swimming since it was not summer vacation yet.  Uncle H and dragon enjoyed playing as if it were their private beach.
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もう一つの楽しみは花火。これも乾燥したカリフォルニアではなかなかできない遊びです。Hおじさんが火の粉をかぶりながらつけてくれたドラゴン花火、空で強烈にはじけるロケット花火、などなど。もちろん郷愁を誘う線香花火も忘れませんよ。

Another fun he had was fireworks.  This is also something we can hardly do here in California with its dry weather.  We did dragon fireworks (one that blows like a fountain), which Uncle H ignited with fire sparks falling on him. We also lit bottle rockets that flew and powerfully exploded in the sky.  Of course we didn’t forget about Senko Hanabis (small sparklers) that induced a sense of nostalgia.
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そして最後はちょっとしたアルバイトの体験です。従兄のS兄ちゃんとN姉ちゃん夫妻が経営している焼肉屋さんを手伝いました。といってもその日お店は休みで、親戚の集まりにお店を使わせてもらったのです。ドラゴン、たどたどしい日本語で飲み物の注文を受け、給仕しました。生ビールのジョッキに注ぐやり方を教えてもらったり。でも20分も手伝ったでしょうか、気がつくと時差ぼけでダウンしてました。でも優しいN姉ちゃんからアルバイト料をたんまりもらったドラゴンです。いつか修行のために1ヶ月くらい五島にやるのもいいかも〜。(^o^)/
 
Lastly, he experienced a taste of being a waiter at the Korean BBQ restaurant run by Cousin S-nichan and his wife, N-nechan.  Actually, the restaurant was closed that day and we, relatives, gathered there for dinner.  Dragon, with his halting Japanese, took drink orders and served them.  He also learned to pour draft beer into a mug.  However, I don’t think even 20 minutes had passed when he was out like a light because of jet lag.  N-nechan was so nice.  She gave him big money just for that.  It may be a good idea to send him there someday for about a month in order to toughen him up!!  (^o^)/
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by danceofdragon | 2010-08-28 08:03