July 22, 2012 Kenji and the two of us were invited to the Okano's for dinner. There were a variety of tasty dishes including tempura. One unusual item were the shoots of the mioga plant growing wild behind the garage. We ate them raw as well as tempura. Both were quite delicious. There were five of us and food enough for twelve people. We had a good time chatting and after dinner Shigeko brought out some handheld hanabi or fireworks. We went outside and enjoyed watching hana or flowers created by the hanabi.