Chapter 15: More Birthday Joy

Trip Start Mar 11, 2006
Trip End Feb 09, 2007

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Tuesday, May 9, 2006

I know it is the next day but I had to say a few things.
First of all my birthday was awesome. After school I went shopping and now I need to take a picture of my toilet because it looks so awesome. I went with some friends to a store called Village Vanguard which is my favorite store in all the world, and a friend "showered me with gifts" as he put it. It was great fun.
Then we went to Okaasans house to have a dinner party. SHe is so nice. This is my friends host mother.
NB for all of you who are confused about host mothers, they hang out with you occasionally, help you out with something that you need, learn about your culture, you learn Japanese by practicing with them, and they give you good food. I still live in my apartment. Continue.
Anyway so it was great fun and then while I was talking to people, Andy was taking people out one at a time and teaching them this hilarious song that cracks me up everytime. It is from a Japanese supermarket. Anyway I didnt know that this was going on but when it came time to sing Happy Birthday, they bust out this song and I was so insanely confused and then more so because I couldnt figure out how everyone knew it, as I thought Andy and I were the only ones who did. It was one of the more hilarious moments of my life.
Anyways I want to say thanks to everyone for making my birthday this year so awesome, for the packages, phonecalls, presents, thoughts blah blah was really cool. I am so happy to be having such an awesome time in Japan.
By the way, Last Wednesday I had a speaking test. I got the top grade in my class, which is weird because I didnt study, prepare, or know about the test. ANyway my teacher wrote on the paper "you were the best!!!" which for some reason cracks me up. I came second in the writing test. This is all very well but I will have to start studying more. My insane luck will only last so long, right?
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nzaussie on

more birthday wishes and congratulations
I know i already said it but another Happy Birthday to you and Congratulations on the speaking test.... its so good to hear that everything is peachy - meanwhile here in the land of the long black raincloud its getting colder and wetter and just that little bit more depressing to the point where you wanna jump on a plane and fly to a warmer climate... perhaps if it snowed here that would make this whole winter thing more enjoyable - but no... just rain... lots and lots of rain....
miss you
love you
rock on beckymon..

~ T

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