August 04, 2005


With just under a week left here in Japan, some good friends of ours took things into their own hands and threw us a fantastic going away party. It was a nice way to wrap things up and say goodbye, albeit a little sad, knowing we may not see some of these wonderful people for a very long time.

We are leaving with excellent memories, though. I didn't take too many pictures, but here are a couple of favorites...

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Japanese apartments are very tiny. We crammed in as best we could, and battled the heat and humidty while we stuffed ourselves with an unexpected feast prepared by Emma (above, standing in the middle).

Sayonara 2.jpg

Teri (above, sitting next to the fan) was the one who organized the whole thing. She proved to be an incredible host, and she has been a great friend to us. Behind her is Rikyu, whom we met thanks to our friend Mike. He did that thing with his fingers as a sarcastic gesture to Japan's obsession with bunny ears in photo's (which makes him awesome). He also kept to his traditional Japanese customs and surprised us with little going away gifts. What a nice guy!

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A few of us managed to grab the same train home, so it made for an excellent photo opportunity. (Above, from left to right - Jonathan, Karen, Rikyu, and Barbara.) Jonathan provided comic relief during our time at Nova, Rikyu we talked about before, and Barbara hails from Germany (or Deutche-Land as some students call it... seriously). Rebecca (seated next to me off camera) insisted I jump in for another group photo. I trusted her...

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After three tries this was the best she could do. It was the thought that counts, Bec!

Anyway, it was a great time, and we were so happy to see so many people there. It was worth the sweat and the heat to spend a few hours with some of the people we have shared this incredible experience with.

There are a few more tasks on our 'To Do' list for the next six days, so keep an eye out for some more photo's here and there as we slowly step away from Japan and say goodbye.


Posted by jed at August 4, 2005 01:26 PM

Jed - How dare you make me feel weepy when I'm supposed to be excited that you're coming HOME!!!!!!! I am expecting you to make some special Japanese delicacies while you're here - no meat, no fish, no seaweed!!!!!! Can't wait to see you and Karen!!!!!XXXXXXXOOOOOOOO

Posted by: granny at August 5, 2005 06:45 AM

Tell your friend Emma I really like her name ;)
See you guys soon! I have a feeling our Emma will arrive shortly after you both get back . . . Just in time for some diaper changes Uncle Jed!

Posted by: Beckie at August 6, 2005 12:08 AM
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