GGB Fresno: Nintendo Brunch
Thank you, Mr. President:
Geek Girl Brunch Fresno’s last meetup was in honor of the late Nintendo President, Satoru Iwata. I do not think it too broad a statement to say Nintendo sparked joy in most of our childhoods. Certainly, many of us have spent too many hours against siblings and friends in the multitude of worlds under the Nintendo umbrella. For these reasons, we thought it appropriate to pay our respects to the fourth President of a wonderful company. R.I.P. Iwata-san
Nintendo was founded in Kyoto, Japan and we themed our brunch accordingly. With only a few of us in attendance, we began our day at Fresno’s Shinzen Friendship Garden in Woodward Park. It is a little oasis that most of us were unaware of. Scattered along the flora pathways are wood and stone markers etched with Kanji. A large bamboo gate sectioned off what will be the Bowser, excuse me, I mean Bonsai collection in October. The tall trees let us beat the morning heat while we viewed the lake, koi pond, and watched peacocks freely roam the grounds.
Level Up: Cherry Blossom Tea House
From there we made our way to a favorite sushi haven, Sakura Chaya (my mouth waters just saying it). It is a large restaurant with sections for tepan-yaki, sushi, traditional dining, and a full service bar. No duck hunt was necessary as we enjoyed a variety of plates including Japanese oysters, rolls, and ramen. Their menu never disappoints. Being such a, lets call it, intimate gathering, we had the opportunity to get to know our newest member. It was a perfect combination of good food and new places with new friends; definitely a win. Cue the flagpole slide.