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Last Saturday (March 10th) was the annual Ise St.Patricks day parade again. This Irish festival is even celebrated here in Ise. Every year a lot of Irish and other nationalities dress up in green and other weird outfits and parade between Geku and Ise station. After this there is some dancing and Guinness beer drinking. This year, some of the participants had dinner at Bondiya and these parade goers always bring the right mood. Thanks guys. See you next year.

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From the 1st of February until the 9th, we were closed at Bondiya because I went back to my home country, the Netherlands, for a week. I hadn’t been back for almost 3 years and the main reason was to visit my Dutch family and friends. It was a very fast week with only 5 full days to enjoy, plus, it was the coldest week ever with -18 at night some days. But nevertheless, it was a great week and very much needed after December and everything that it brings with it.
I will post some pics, so you have an idea how Holland and the Dutch culture, food and people look like. If you have any questions, please post a comment.

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I will be going back home to Holland for a short time in the beginning of February to visit my family and friends. Bondiya will be closed from Wednesday, February 1st until Wednesday, February 8th and the lunch on Thursday the 9th to prepare for dinner.
It has been 3 years since my last time in Winterswijk (my hometown) and I’m looking forward to meet my niece and nephews, who are all born recently. Also, I want to drink some Grolsch beer from the tap (currently available in 450ml bottles at Bondiya), eat some typical Dutch winter food, buy some books, clothes and just walk around in the supermarket. I will finish my 5 day stay in Amsterdam and a nice night out partying (Amsterdam is famous for it’s nightlife) and some more shopping.
Our excuses for the inconvenience for being closed for 1 week.
CLOSED FROM Tue Jan 31 after lunch until dinner 18:00 on Thu February 9th.

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A few weeks ago it was Sean’s birthday and he had 2 parties on 2 different days at Bondiya. Happy birthday, sir. Both days ended with quite a few beers and karaoke. I’m already looking forward to your next birthday.
Here also some random food pictures I took.


Last Tuesday, it was Tomomi and Ryota’s wedding. We used to work together in Bon Vivant and Ryota was one of my first Japanese friends when I came to Ise in 2002. Both Tomomi and Ryota worked for years at Bondiya and Ryota now produces salt that he sells all over Japan. This “homemade” seasalt is prepared in a traditional way and will soon be available at Bondiya, with more details about it as well.
The wedding party was at Bout-en-train and all the old staff from Bon Vivant was there. It was great to see everybody again and catch up. Some people totally changed their proffesion, but most of them are still working in restaurants. Ryota and Tomomi, congratulations and a lot of love.
After the party and loads of good wine, we had a third party at Poni anela, the wine bar close to Geku shrine (community doro) on the second floor. Miho san has a nice selection of wines and her place has a great atmosphere. We had 2 more bottles there before heading home.





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With the biggest summer event in Ise behind us, (the Ise fire works festival), we now can get really ready for summer. The school holidays will start this Wednesday, so we have planned several “summer activities” for the next 7 Wednesdays. Beach, river, pools and bbqs. Beer, wine, gazpacho and grilled scallops. I’m ready for summer.
Here are a few pics from this week.


A cute little fire fly close to my old house in the rice field. There were hundreds that evening and my kids caught several.


We were open at Bondiya on Saturdaynight during the fire works festival, but I managed to sneak out for a bit and I had a look on top of the pedestrian bridge over route 23. Not the best view.
Check out this link for a better view. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qjfit207PmQ

A lot of people are leaving this week. Good luck to you all, and thanks for the great memories. Come back to Ise some time.








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