Goto Apartment, Machida, Tokyo

Today's my birthday! Yay!

In the morning my host family gave me a card they all signed. It was even yellow!

My Japanese class sang happy birthday to me, that was nice.

I got some emails from my family wishing me a happy birthday, those made me happy.

After school, Emma had to go to a Labo Party, but the rest of us went to the Taito arcade in Shinjuku. We played the taiko game and Mario Kart GP, took some purikuri, and dumped some coins futilely into some UFO catchers. I wanted to give Pachinko and Slot machines a shot, just to say I'd done it, but it turned out the place had some kind of special coin system I didn't feel like wading through.

We met with Lance (the Australian Labo staffer), and went to Shakey's, a pizza restaurant. I had some garlic mushroom pizza, a couple onion rings, and what was on the menu as "focaccia." It was more like matzo bread, with cheese, sour cream, and maple syrup. Interesting, to say the least.

Lance made me try some budweiser. It was nasty. Coral had me try some of her lemon booze drink (lemon sour? I forget). It tasted like someone had spoiled some perfectly good lemonade by putting goldenseal in it or something.

Coral and Janet had to go home, but the rest of us visited a standing bar. It was packed, so we ended up with a table outside. I tried some Kirin Lager, which was even nastier than the american beer. Also some sake, which was like drinking vinegar. I guess I don't have to worry about becoming an alcoholic.

Oh yeah, and I got in touch with that go master dude that Ariel referenced me to. I'll meet him at the Nihon Kiin on Saturday. Yay!


mamagotcha said...

You actually went out drinking?!? Whoa.

Hope it was a blast! Love ya!