This morning the Sasaki family and I went to a local fruit farm on a grape picking mission. It was one of those delightful places where you wander through the fruit trees and grape vines, picking the choicest items for purchase, whilst eating all you want as you go. I’m pretty certain that those were the suggested guidelines, however after eating a good kilo of grapes, as well as a dozen plums and an apple the size of my fist, the rules may well have changed by my next visit.
Today I heard Mr. Sasaki loose his temper for the first time, and it was frightening, it was also kind of my fault. We were all in the car on the way back from the grape farm, and I noticed that Mei (Mr. Sasaki’s 4 year old granddaughter) wasn’t wearing a seatbelt, and was trying to force a leaf into the inner handle of the car door. Deciding that this was reasonably precarious behavior, given that we were doing 70 on a main road, I told her that she should probably stop trying to open the car door, if she wouldn’t mind. This caused Mr. Sasaki to pull over to the side of the road and yell something along the lines of ‘If you can’t behave then get out, get of the car now!’ and whilst I am sure his anger was directed solely towards his granddaughter, I decided that keeping silent for the remainder of the journey was probably a good idea.