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This past weekend was so much fun. I feel like from Saturday morning until now I’ve just been going nonstop. I will try to recap the adventures and keep it relatively short.
Today I didn’t have class, so after Kei finished his class we went to Akiba Fukuro, an owl cafe in Akihabara. We made a reservation for one hour, so during that hour they only allow about 4-5 couples inside. Basically, you walk in and there’s really soft lighting and soft music playing and there’s just all these owls sitting around. After you learn a bit about the owls and the rules for handling them, you can pet and hold any of the owls except the biggest one. It was so cool to get to hold them. I took lots of pictures! They even took a nice professional picture of me and Kei together, each holding an owl. It was totally the perfect date spot and the owls were unbearably cute.
Today, Kei and I have been dating for exactly 1 year. We spent the whole day on Sunday together. First, we went to the Ueno Zoo. I got to see a panda for the first time, which was awesome, even though he mostly slept and only got up to eat one time. The zoo was pretty much the same as an American zoo, which was nice because I actually expected it to be really small, given that there’s not much space in Tokyo for anything. But the animals for the most part seemed happy considering being in captivity and a lot of them were moving around and playing or eating.
After the zoo we walked around in Ueno on a famous (and very crowded) street, and then hopped on a train to Shinjuku where we did some shopping and ぶらぶら (cruising around aimlessly). It’s amazing how much time you can kill just wandering around an unfamiliar city. We hit up some Shinjuku karaoke for two, which we’ve been wanting to do since I came to Japan. It was super fun. Finally, we celebrated the occasion with a really fancy dinner out. The whole day was really perfect.
その他・Other misc stuff :)
On Saturday morning I went to Harajuku to put on a dance performance that I’ve been working on with people from my club. The venue was pretty small but it was cool to show the dance we put together. I had to leave early, though, to run back to my house for my mom’s birthday party. We went to an Italian restaurant for all you can eat/all you can drink, and of course my host family loves to drink so they all got very drunk. There were about 15 people in total, between my family and Youxi’s family and family friends.
After the party, the older adults went home and Youxi and I went out with my host brother and sister, her host dad (who’s 29, so close to us in age), and his friend. It was really cool to get to hang out with them. We went to a bowling place and a batting center. For the first time I actually got to talk with my host brother who I’d literally had 3 one-word conversations with since I moved in here. He’s super nice, just not much of a talker. It’s been really hard adjusting to the home stay life but when I was hanging out with everyone for the first time I felt like part of the family. Maybe it’s because it was people around my age, and they were drunk, but I don’t know. It suddenly was just easy to hang out and chat and I didn’t have to worry about anything. I feel like I have really good people around me.
So that’s the latest of my Japan adventures.
Video coming soon!! I promise!