Nakatani Apartment, Nagoya

Word is that the fire was started by tempura oil. No one was hurt, but the building is totaled.

I got a package in the mail from Grandpa and Grandma today, containing a nifty new backup hard drive and some tins of really nice tea. My data is all backed up now, so if anything should happen to my laptop's hard drive (like what happened to my iPod) I won't lose all my data.

When I got home I walked in on my host mom's Labo party gathering, it was winding down and all the mothers were doing their yakky mom thing around the coffee table. We all tried some of the exotic pear honey tea, it went over pretty well. My host dad came home and had some too. It was described as hot, yummy, and sweet... it didn't taste that sweet to me, although compared to the more common green or black teas here, I can see where they're coming from.