Luckily we found a tiny restaurant and ducked in for a quick lunch of cold soba and tempura. Max surprised us by happily slurping the soba.... perhaps he has a thing for long noodles???
I've been thinking about choosing a Japanese name for Max and my good friend Sayuri is helping me with crafting something that is both harmonious in Japanese and translates well into English. Rich told me he'd like to call Max "mochi" which roughly means "rice ball." Sayuri said that was definitely NOT ok. "Motch" is actually the name of a large furry character on Japanese public TV. Naming Max after him would be akin to calling him Snuffalupagus.
Moch is the white one on the left.