Tasha's Oriental Journey
Phew! I got to the station early (and thankfully without any problems), which gave me a chance to look around. I went to a big department store named "Tobu" to pass some time, and straight to the cake section (where else?!). There, I watched some professional cake-decoration taking place; they are SO skilled! I had to drag myself away, and then met my friend's parents at the water fountain by the Metropolitan Exit (for any of you who have ever been to that station and know just how big it is!) From there we went to a cafÃ© for a drink while we waited for his sister, and then for dinner at this really lovely traditional Japanese restaurant... where they served half European half Japanese food (don't ask me)! His dad encouraged me to have a drink of sake, which I did (and, for any of you who know me with a bit of alcohol in me, yes I did giggle and yes I did get VERY sleepy). Wow, that stuff is SO strong! Just one sniff and you're bouncing off the walls! That evening was lovely, anyway. We got to speak English loads as well as my practicing some Japanese, and I got to hear lots of stories about my friend (which "apparently" aren't 100% true... ahem, WHAT-EVER Shin!); that was certainly enlightening to say the least! It didn't take long to get back home where Hiroka was anxiously waiting for me with a cup of tea and a lovely hot bath at the ready... isn't she wonderful?!