Two years ago when I came to Japan I made an awesome friend named Yumi. She is so cute and such a kind person. I was looking forward to visiting with her while I was here, but I don't know if we will be able to meet up again since we are both busy. It was really nice to get to see her though, and I really valued the time we spent together. I think when you go to another country to visit it's important to try and make connections with people. Learning about them and their life in a place unfamiliar to you is a good way to broaden your world view and learn something new. Yumi will start her job soon and I'm really rooting for her to achieve her goal! I am also hoping that she will be able to come and visit me one day and I can show her around Washington D.C.
For the first time in months I finally got to cook an actual meal! I was overjoyed you have no idea. I love being here, but I really miss being able to cook for myself and Austin. We always had fun whipping up something, and I definitely had fun doing the same with Yumi. We picked out a recipe in her cookbook and picked up the items as well as a yummy dessert. The main dish was a sort of donburi (rice bowl dish). We cooked together ground chicken, carrots, onions, red pepper, and basil into a mouthwatering concoction then topped on to rice. We also made a soup that had ocra and seaweed in it. I think my first time trying ocra was here in Japan. Yumi and I talked about family and boys and the future while we ate. For dessert we had croissant taiyaki. Taiyaki is a fish shaped cake usually filled with sweet red bean paste. These were slightly different and I loved them!
Yumi is lucky enough to live five a minutes walking distance to Skytree, so after our meal we headed over to the Skytree village to shop and go to the planetarium. Skytree is the tallest free-standing broadcast tower in the world. No, I did not pay to go up there. I already have a great view from my house, remember? I did walk around the village area and browse the Studio Ghibli store (haha), and then see an awesome planetarium show entirely in Japanese. Ok, I didn't really know what was being said most of the time, but I learned that Sasori means Scorpio (for anyone who likes Naruto). I would definitely recommend coming here to see one of the shows. They are beautiful and fascinating in and of themselves even if you can't understand them. There is also a nice aquarium in the Skytree village I would recommend. I went there two years ago though.
After a day wonderfully spent with a great friend I returned home, already planning my next visit there to the chocolate cafe (which I already did by the way)! It was amazing.