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Mitsuwa Marketplace - Soba Demonstration and Sales


Posted on January 26, 2012 at 9:30 PM


One of the real joys of working on the Common Grains project is meeting people.  Today, we started Phase 3 of the project at Mitsuwa Marketplace, after Breadbar and UCLA.  We are doing soba demonstrations and sales of fresh soba there. An elderly gentleman came to watch us make soba. He wore a Dodgers baseball cap and a clean white shirt. His back was quite bent but he walked without a cane. He had a helping of soba, and then another, and after that, he wanted to buy the take home soba.  But he later came back to tell me that he didn't know the soba noodles were uncooked!  Yes, I explained to him that the noodles needed to be cooked in boiling water for a minute, and then shocked in cold water. He said he lived alone and didn't think he could cook the noodles by himself. He seemed a little lost because he had already paid for the noodles.  I felt  bad for him so we made an exception and cooked the noodles for him. He was very happy.  It turns out that he is a 105 years old retired math teacher. He is a regular at Mitsuwa. His son (who is in his early 80s) brings him to a bus stop where he picks up the bus that brings him to the market every week.  He likes to hang out at the food court.  

He watched the soba demonstration with curiousity. He enjoyed talking about his family.  His wife passed away a couple of years ago at age 94. He said that his wife getting sick forced him to walk again because he had to go visit her at the hospital.  He thanks his "kachan" in heaven everyday for enabling him to walk again. Now he visits her at the cemetary every week.  He says walking and appreciating people are the way to longevity.  He has 55 grandchildren and some.  When the noodles were cooked, I packed it carefully in his back pack. He headed for the exit. I hope to see him again while we are at Mitsuwa.


Categories: Noodles, Pasta and Dumplings

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Reply Fiona
09:37 PM on January 30, 2012 
Oh! What a wonderful, touching story. Thank you so much for sharing that with us.