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Saturday, July 9, 2016

Photography and Sushi

Above, Asya at work photographing me. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

The photo shoot, sketching and dinner meeting with artist Asya went very well tonight.

We met up at Kula Revolving Sushi at Sawtelle Place in Japantown in West Los Angeles. I arrived first and found a line of people waiting to get seated. Asya was en route via Uber. I checked in with the electronic check-in gizmo that was mounted at the entrance. According to the gizmo, we had about an hour wait.

Above, a reference photo of yours truly by Asya.

When Asya arrived, we used the waiting time for the photo shoot of me for the painting. She used my Canon Rebel camera for this. She took photos of me from all angles and in different lighting.

We had just completed the photo shoot when we were notified that we were next to be seated.

Above, the crowd waiting to be called to be seated. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

We were seated at a table near the front windows of the restaurant. The system was a simple one. Everything on the conveyor was the same price, $2.25. All we had to do was to send our empty plates down a chute to be counted. If a patron reaches 15 plates, they win a prize. We ended up sending 17 plates. I let Asya keep the prize.

Above, the food conveyor. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Despite that, the total bill for the meal was around $55. Not bad! The food was pretty good, too! This was the first time Asya tried Asahi beer. Apparently, Asahi Beer isn't available in the Russia, where she's from. She liked it!

Above, Asya sketching me. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Above, yours truly enjoying a glass of Asahi. Photo by Asya.

After dinner, we went outside for more photographs and then we headed out. I drove Asya to her home in the Olympic/Robertson area (I guess it's called Mar Vista).

Above, Asya reviewing the photos she took. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

We both enjoyed the evening.

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