Last week, Toby shared his favorite childhood book with many students at his school. When Toby was a child, he often asked his mother to read this book to him before he would go to bed. And when there came times when he was not sure if he'd like a certain food or vegetable that appeared on his dinner plate, his mother would often say these lines from the book:
"You do not like them.
SO you say.
Try them! Try them!
And you may."
This book and the message gained from this book helped Toby adjust to food in Japan much quicker than he probably would have otherwise. It is also a reason why he continues to "TRY" natto (fermented soybeans). He has found a few different ways to like it, such as tempura natto or dry natto, but it's still a very difficult taste and texture for him. While he understands the health benefits, he still hasn't acquired a taste for the stuff. It happens and Maiko has a few things she doesn't appeal to, as well. For example, oatmeal and root beer (a type of soda in America). Everyone has their likes and dislikes. The point of this post, book and message is that you MUST at least try something before you determine if you like or dislike it.
Above is a few pictures (although blurry) of Toby's book reading (click to enlarge). He tried to be animated in his reading like his mother used to be. The children laughed, enjoyed and seemed to get the message. We hope so.