Finally done with classes! We graduated from SILS and have the certificates to prove it.
Erika’s in Tokyo! It’s only for a few days, and she actually left today, but it was nice to see her. The day she came, we went to see fireworks in Sumidagawa, which is apparently the biggest fireworks event in Tokyo. My host dad wasn’t lying when he said it would be crowded–there were so many people we could barely get through, and we weren’t able to get to a place where we could clearly see them, but we got a decent enough view. It was really nice to wear yukata with Erika and my friends. (Finally, it had been a dream of mine for a while haha.)
The next day my host family had a house party, and I got to invite Jon, Vageesha, and Shiori. Like last time, Nami-san’s dad chopped up fish and we got to eat it fresh, and he brought his guitar and played it while we sang along. I got the drunkest I’ve been in a while, and made a right fool of myself, but it was a ton of fun. At least, for me–I’m not sure if my friends had fun or not because they didn’t get that drunk, though when I asked them later they said they enjoyed watching me being stupid.
On Monday, I got lunch with Erika with this really oshare (cool, fashionable) cafe, which was half-flower shop, so it had a really cool atmosphere. Then we found a place in the grass in Yoyogi Park and lay down for a few hours, stealing kisses while no one was looking and falling asleep snuggled next to each other. It’s a memory that I think will last with me for a long time.
That night I did all-night karaoke with my circle, The Lit Soc. I forget if I’ve mentioned it before, but it’s a circle where we write short stories and share them with each other. We put together a magazine of our stories and it came out really good! Anyway, I hadn’t done karaoke in a while so it was really fun. I had thought that doing all-night karaoke would tire me out, and it did by the end, but surprisingly it felt like we didn’t have enough time to sing all the songs we wanted to. I did manage to get in a few Kyary Pamyu Pamyu and some golden oldies for good measure, though.
Yesterday I had dinner with Erika’s dad in Shibuya at this hidden, really good izakaya-type place. I really like Erika’s dad–he’s so casual, chill, and friendly. I’m glad my girlfriend’s dad isn’t like the stereotypical, strict dad who hates his daughter’s boyfriend. After that, Erika and I climbed Tokyo Tower, which had a beautiful view of the Tokyo skyline. It made me realize how much I’m going to miss this city. Being up so high, looking over my favorite city, with my favorite person in the world, made me the happiest I’ve been in a while.
Today Jon went home to LA. I accompanied him to the airport with Vageesha and Shiori. It wasn’t as sad and didn’t feel like the end for me, since I’ll be going to LA before going back to NY, but seeing how shaken Vageesha and Shiori were after we said goodbye made it start to sink in. I dunno if it’s gonna hit me until I’m on the plane going home. I’ll probably end up sobbing onto the person sitting next to me.
Anyway, that’s all for now. 4 days remain.