First of all, the Jay Chou concert Kaki took me to at the Bodukon (where sumo wrestling matches take place and the prom scene at Hana Yori Dango took place) was amazing!!! Jay is a Mandarin singer from Tawain who is really big in Asia.. sort of like the Mandarin equivalent to Justin Timberlake. Anyways, he has a ton of songs and I didn't think he'd play the ones I actually knew and I especially didn't think he'd sing my favoriteeee song of his "ting mama de hua" ("listen to mama's words") but he DID! I was sooo happy!! And he is an extremely talented musician, he can play alot of instruments really well, including the piano! He had a little piano-off against this other amazinggg pianist which was actually similar to something I had seen him do on youtube so I was reallyyy excited! So much fun!
The Moriyamas took me on a one-night trip to Izu for the Sakura (cherry-blossom) Festival and a bath house in a traditional style Japanese hotel. Sakura-flavored anything tastes soooo yummy!! Especially what I like to call Sakura-Anpanman (Anpanman is a popular children's cartoon here) which is this sweet bean paste wrapped in a rice dough ball that is cherry-blossom flavored. Izu is in the beautiful country about 2 hours away by train from Tokyo. I love the Japanese country-side because it always seems to remind me of an RPG (role-playing game) town such as the one in Earthbound.
Going to the bath in Japan is always an interesting experience. Naked white (old and young) Japanese women and brown little Saly. You can imagine. Actually, don'timagine it. It is such a relaxing experience though because it's basically a really soothing time in a hot tub and this hotel was on the ocean front so we could sit in the hot tub while looking out at the ocean and hearing the crashing waves. Very beautiful.