throughout my stay in Japan, i met so many friendly faces and made new friends in new places! i think Japanese people are relatively shy at first, but once they get to know you, they are a total open book. i am so happy to have shared my life there with such wonderful people around me :-D
my buddy Koichi. we went on so many random adventures together!
he is my friend from Hawaii. we studied at the same university
and he lived in Hawaii for 6 years
Mai-chan's mama! i love her so much! she is so friendly and
funny! her and the family were extremely generous to me ♥
(she's sitting on a stepping stool in the super market, haha)
this is Nao. he is the owner of Flamingo bar/restaurant
near my apartment. i also made friends with his father,
his wife, and a regular customer named Mami!
they were all so nice to me!
this is Naoko. she is the friendly staff at a Italian
cafe/restaurant named "Fablic". the owner was also
a very friendly man who also has a car business in London!
my friend Yuka and her mom, Akemi!!
her mom was also very very funny and loving!
they took me to this izakaya called Shirokiya,
and after we went to karaoke. haha
this is Lil' (he likes Lil' Wayne). him and his friend,
Suke', followed me in this record store because they saw
my tattoos and liked it... so they showed me theirs! haha
cool guitar man in Inokashira park
Monica and Mighty!
this is Masako. she is the staff at Hauschka cafe
that i mentioned earlier. on my last day, i left her a little gift
of my houseplant to take care of and a box of french snacks... well later
she emailed me to thank me and also tell me that day was coincidentally
her birthday! so she was happy to find a birthday present from me
even though i did not know! haha
in her cafe, i also met a very friendly woman named Sumako.
i just received an email from her too saying that she moved to Penang!
this is Kenji and Asako. i met them when i went to eat
at their grilled fish restaurant in my neighborhood.
they were SO friendly, and told me that they are secretly dating. haha!
Eiki Mori! the photographer i
mentioned in the previous post.
donations in Ikebukuro
Jonte! he is so fabulous...
i mentioned meeting him here.
...i wanted to save this special picture till the end.
when i was in Asakusa with Yuka and her mom, we passed these
carriage carriers on the street, and i thought that they were just
so good looking that i had to go back and take a picture with them!!
hahah, just look at those smiles!.... and muscles ;-P
and a funny bunny man.
i feel so honored to have met and shared my time with these friendly faces. i definitely think that kindness is contagious, and Japan is full of that! i will never forget these smiles :-D