Turns out I didn’t visit Dr. Sato in the hospital today. I was invited to a river BBQ with my new neighbor friend Miki and 6 of her friends. They were all 27 or 28 years old but they treated me very well and we certainly laughed a lot. The location was incredible and the food was just as enjoyable to cook as to eat. The frying chicken, beef, and pork smelt so good mixed with sizzling soba noodles, fresh veggies, fresh air, and the smoking fire underneath.
I also experienced my first mini tea ceremony at Miki’s old high school. There was a school festival that she took me to and we toured the school. We were invited to take part in a short 10-minute tea ceremony. There were a ton of rules and I’m sure I broke nearly all of them, yet they were happy at how excited I was to be experiencing it for the first time, so they let it slide…for now.
We’ll go meet my host dad in the hospital tomorrow afternoon. Back to normal soon!