It was my 20th birthday this weekend, and there was a lot of fun to be had. But before I get into that, a few things…
Nick’s girlfriend came to Japan to visit!
Nick and his girlfriend at Monkey Wrench on Wednesday. She comes with to a lot of events with us and is fun to hang out with.
We got to wear kimonos for our Traditional Arts clsas:
Nate – Yakuza style.
Me – Samurai style.
George – Father style.
None of the outfits are quite complete, because Amina never took any after this except for on her camera. I will maybe post some of all of us together in the completed outfits once I get my hands on them.
Alright, now on to the birthday celebration…
To start Saturday, I went to a picnic with a ton of people. I got some food in Sumiyoshi and met up with Nate at 1:45 to head down to Ohato park.
Miki in the middle, Misaki (my speaking partner) behind her.
Lots of people showed up.
We played frisbee, too. (frisbee not pictured)
It was a lot of fun! Unfortunately, I had to leave at 4:30 to make it home by 5:30 for dinner with my host family. They took me out to a yakitori restaurant.
Host dad was surprised by something. Probably the camera.
The outside of the restaurant after we were done eating.
We tried to take a photo, but their dad jumped in at the last second, ruining the shot.
Finally got a good one.
When we got home we sang happy birthday and ate this tasty cake:
It was very good.
When all of the festivities were over, I left to go meet some friends in Sumiyoshi to do karaoke. I showed up with 20 mins left on the room and we sang some. Misaki was there, and so were a lot of her friends. When our time was up, Misaki and her friends went home and Nate, George, and I went to Monkey Wrench to celebrate my birthday. Shortly after arriving, Misaki mailed me to see what I was up to and I said that she should come to Monkey Wrench. She and all of her friends showed up to celebrate with us. It was a full house, a lot of fun.
We finished our last drinks around 1, and I went home with Nate to sleep. We woke up around 10 to go to Glover Gardens with George and a girl named Megumi.
We met up around 12pm near the gardens and then headed over there.
Beginning of the gardens.
Nate eating an apple.
There were huge carp all around the garden.
George adding some scale to the shot.
A lot of turtles, too.
Me in front of a famous statue.
Everyone minus Nate. This photo turned out “really well.”
George going through a funny entrance.
Megumi posing with Ryoma, a famous samurai.
A funny Engrish shirt about Ryoma.
We got done with seeing the park (I enjoyed it a lot), and then Nate left to go back home. George, Megumi and I went to a nearby Starbucks and hung out there for a while until George had to go to a kendo meeting at six.
Taking some photos with my broken camera… The lens doesn’t open all the way on it’s own.
Some call it broken, I call it art.
After Geroge left, Megumi and I spent some time together. We went out to eat at a pasta place in the area by her recommendation, it was very good. I haven’t had pasta in a while. From there, we went to the top of Nagasaki: Inasayama. From the top of Inasayama mountain you can see all of beautiful Nagasaki.
We walked around the station for a bit before going up by bus. From the bus stop on the mountain it was another 15 minute walk up to the top.
TV Towers at the top of the mountain.
Megumi wanted to take the ropeway down. That was fun, too.
In the ropeway cart, going down the mountain.