R and I had dinner with Kat, her boyfriend, and Lefty this evening. We met at a nice little Japanese restaurant in Japantown in San Francisco. En-no-gyoja is in town for a Linux conference and this is the first time we’ve seen him in person in a couple of years (he lives a bit further south normally).
I arrived a bit early so I was able to visit the wonderful Japanese bookstore in the Japantown mally-thing, which was in the same complex as the restaurant. I bought a manga done by the creators Lone Wolf and Cub. This was Path of the Assassin and chronicles the story of Hattori Hanzo. I also bought Full Metal Apache, which is on the borrowing between Japanese and American culture in the context of manga and science fiction, especially cyberpunk. It has chapters on William Gibson’s influences (incoming and outgoing), Tetsuo, and many others. I also got a nice book with many old illustrations on Japanese ghosts and demons. All fun stuff.
Dinner was a lot of fun and it was good to get over to the city for a few hours.