Right now I am in Kochi city, where the ENJIN 01 conferences are being held.
In the evening, after a long day of strenuous and yet enjoyable schedule, we went to a Sushi restaurant. We ordered some delicacies. The Aori Squid was one of them.
As I chewed the sweet and strongly-textured meat, I suddenly remembered how as a child it was hard to swallow a squid.
I always wanted to behave like an adult, so when the Sushi came I tried the squid like the grown-ups. However, as I chewed on, the squid in my mouth would start to have the texture of gum. I could not bite them into pieces. Gradually the squid would lose all tastes. A mouthful of culinary nightmare was in the making.
It may have been the junior high school days when I finally learned how to swallow a squid. Now I enjoy them hugely, accompanied by beer and sake.
Growing up is learning how to swallow a squid.