Thursday, March 2, 2017

A thank you with Pastiche

I think we are rapidly becoming the best customers of the Vienna Bakery of Barrington, RI and Pastiche here in Providence. The latter was a special favorite of one of our colleagues and in particular their fruit tarts. Today is the day before his last at the Center prior to returning to the Land of the Rising Sun!  So he treated us to one of those favored tarts.
Another day, another Pastiche item
His fave and ours - the fruit tart!
Colorful rings of fruit are a given!
This one was, as usual, gorgeous to look at with fruit rings of mango, raspberry, kiwi, orange, blackberries and strawberries.  It all sat on the usual buttery crust and a lighter than usual vanilla pastry cream.  There was a message of thanks on a white chocolate bar on top.  He thanked us for his years of support and we of course thank him for his hard work....more to come tomorrow!

We had an enlightening discussion about how senpai and kohai interact in Japan.  There is actually a Wikipedia entry and it describes these two as terms from the Japanese language describing an informal hierarchical interpersonal relationship found in organizations, associations, clubs, businesses, and schools in Japan. The concept is based in Japanese philosophy and has permeated Japanese society.  It has also permeated the popular culture - "Notice me, Senpai" - is a catchphrase commonly associated with anime shows and manga books to express a quest to resolve unrequited admiration.
You can even get this on a T-Shirt!
Our colleague told us about how the kohai tend to be scared of the senpai and more importantly how the senpai try to be scary until they reach the very top of the University structure at which point they become nice and friendly. If you go out to dinner with them then they even pay the bill.  I guess there are some benefits.  Our friend is going to have some kohai when he returns and has every intention of meeting their expectations by being scary! 
Not the expression for your kohai!
Let's hope they don't do anything drastic to get noticed!
Not a good way to get noticed!

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