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Birthday Weekend

Posted on Sunday May 24, 2009 at 11:19am in ,

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!

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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:

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Nate – Yakuza style.

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Me – Samurai style.

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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.

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Miki in the middle, Misaki (my speaking partner) behind her.

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Lots of people showed up.

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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.

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Eating together.

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Eating.

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Host dad was surprised by something. Probably the camera.

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The outside of the restaurant after we were done eating.

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We tried to take a photo, but their dad jumped in at the last second, ruining the shot.

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Finally got a good one.

When we got home we sang happy birthday and ate this tasty cake:

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It was very good.

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Nozomi, everyone.

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.

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Beginning of the gardens.

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Nate eating an apple.

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There were huge carp all around the garden.

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George adding some scale to the shot.

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A lot of turtles, too.

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Me in front of a famous statue.

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Everyone minus Nate. This photo turned out “really well.”

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Upper gardens.

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George going through a funny entrance.

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Megumi posing with Ryoma, a famous samurai.

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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.

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Taking some photos with my broken camera… The lens doesn’t open all the way on it’s own.

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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.

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Getting close.

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TV Towers at the top of the mountain.

Megumi wanted to take the ropeway down. That was fun, too.

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Amazing view.

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In the ropeway cart, going down the mountain.

After seeing the mountain, we eventually headed our separate ways and returned home. It was a great birthday weekend!

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