Tue 27 Jun 2006
Presentations went smoothly this morning, I think I did well but talked a lot longer than I thought I could so I apologize publicly to everyone for that. It was shorter in rehearsal. But anyway, we discussed our thoughts and opinions of the trip and different aspects of Japan then officially ended class. A few of us met with the Nanzan kids for lunch again, and curry again. It’s cheap and quick since we were informed we actually had to have our rooms cleaned for inspection at 3 PM. That’s just what I did after dinner. I thought it was a little abrupt of notice, especially since I had planned on going out for the afternoon, but after all the cleaning and packing, the lady was just like “eeeeh…ok”, then left. Fair enough.
Caroline and I met with Satomi once more and we went to Nagoya Station for some last minute gift shopping (I really should have been doing this most of the trip instead of trying to save so much money). I found some good stuff that I’m glad I found and then we went into Bic Camera, which is a pretty big electronics store, but I was a little disappointed by it.
Our last and farewell group dinner took place around 6 PM at an izakaya near Maruzen in Sakae. This izakaya was a huuuuge disappointment compared to the other places we have gone for group dinners. At least the times we had were better than most previous dinners. Lots of love going around. And, as a nice little going away gift, Meguro Sensei decided to pull out the funds to get us an hour and a half of karaoke time. This was pretty sweet. I think it would have worked a lot better with less people, but it was manageable. After awhile this whole singing stupidly in front of friends thing gets old and tiresome, so I agreed with the conservative time limit. Now it’s time to wake up in like 3 1/2 hours to get stuff together and get to the airport. It’s been a fantastic trips, with many ups and few downs. I’ll be back someday. Thanks for playing.