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While I'm at it...

Finally, finally I'm blogging, so lets keep going!

Ofcourse Pucca and Garu weren't my first kites. Although they were my first "experimental" kites. As in no traditional kite shape or building plan. They are my invention and they love showing this by flying... eh, enthousiastically energetic :-/. Let's just say they need a watchfull eye at all times.

My fist attempt at a Fuga kite

Although they are not nearly as bad as my attempt at a Fuga kite, a traditional but rare japanese kite shape, gee, I wonder why. This one resulted in a black eye and a split lip. 

Bas Vreeswijk was kind enough to supply me with a new building plan so I think I should repay him by having another go at building a Fuga. The 2 by 3 cm picture I used previously probably lacked in some very essential information... Now I also know that Fuga's are meant to be very instable fighting kites. But I'm gonna try anyway, I love Fugu's (the fish that the Fuga kite model is based on).

In the picture above you see Aldo holding my Fuga kite which is a lot safer than trying to fly it. I think it looks cute, so does the kite :-)



A couple of years ago, I had a couple of Japanese researchers/friends over, and Tessa and I took them out for dinner. If you know a couple of Japanese people, you also know they would never say something in your face that has the remotest chance of embarassing you. We had all kinds of smalltalk during dinner, and we all had a good time and good food.

A couple of days later, I got a thank-you email from Kumiyo, telling me how she enjoyed dinner and talking to Tessa. And through this email she thought it 'safe enough' to tell me how funny she thought Tessa's name is, as it's the name of a Japanese dish. From wikipedia:

While fugu connoisseurs love the taste and the texture of the fugu, many people actually find it rather bland and tasteless. Some professional chefs prepare the fish so that there is a minute amount of poison in the meat, giving a prickling feeling and numbness on the tongue and the lips. The most popular dish is fugu sashimi, also called Fugu sashi or tessa, sliced so thin that the pattern of the plate can be seen through the meat. These plates are often beautifully decorated so that removal of slices is a pleasure as well. The fins of the fish are also fried and served in hot sake, a dish called Fugu Hire-zake.

So there must lie the real reason Tessa likes Fugus, though she'll never admit it ;-)