お誕生日おめでとう!

15 Sep

Yesterday was my birthday. In Japan. And it was really amazing.

In the morning, classes started late, and after classes we went to the curry shop I love so much. While I was waiting for my meal, Karen and Toma came in with a cake from our nearby bakery, Gourmandefait. It was beautiful!

Needless to say, we massacred it after finishing our delicious delicious curry. When Godai-san found out it was my birthday, she gave us all a round of iced jasmine tea, on the house 🙂

Tummies full and happy, we all went our separate ways. I went home for a little while to rest, and then out on a solo adventure to Osaka. My Aunt Debi (shout-out!) sent me some money, so I had a shopping spree at the Loft, a zillion-story shopping mall. First on the list was a bento (Japanese lunch box). I have quite a few days where I only have about half an hour to eat, so going to a restaurant isn’t really possible. I’ve decided to try to make myself a bento on those days, so of course I needed some supplies.

First I needed a bento. These things come in a million shapes and sizes. Some have only one compartment, others have a few, some have customizable layouts, some hold together by clips, some need a band around them, some have space for a cold pack, some for chopsticks. I settled on an adorable one with an elephant on it (who can resist elephants?), along with a matching chopsticks set and a cloth napkin. Oh, and a bag to carry it all in. I also bought some bento supplies, like little sauce bottles shaped like pigs and silicone cupcake-paper-like things for separating food. I kind of meant to buy some fake grass too (often used as a divider) but it somehow didn’t make it to the checkout counter. Needless to say, I went a little bit overboard. But that’s what birthdays are for, and now I’m set for lunches 🙂

I also bought a nice big shoulder bag with tons of engrish on it. Huzzah!

In any case, by this point Sean and Karen were on their way to meet me. After some confusion, we finally met and had delicious pizza at a restaurant near the station. So good!

We had to rush, though, because next on the list of awesome was to see Kari-Gurashi no Arietti, the newest Studio Ghibli movie. In theaters. Check one off the bucket list. This movie is an adaptation of Mary Norton’s The Borrowers and let me tell you, it was beautiful. The plot was very simple, but amazingly moving. The screenplay is Miyazaki but the director is someone else. But the art is, as always, just lovely. If it ever makes it to the states (fingers crossed) everyone needs to watch it. And luckily, the dialogue was simple enough that I understood most of it.

After the movie was over Karen and I spent some time trying to stop crying, and then we made our way to the Izakaya near Kishibe station so I could have my first drink as a legal drinker in Japan (the drinking age here is 20!) I had omeishuu (plum wine) and we shared some edamame (soy beans still in the pods). It was a lot of fun.

Checking my mail this morning I had tons of love from people all over the world. Thanks to everyone who sent me birthday wishes! I felt super loved.

Basically, it was a wonderful birthday. Yatta~!

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One Response to “お誕生日おめでとう!”

  1. Lys Murray September 15, 2010 at 12:51 pm #

    Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful! May Year 21 be as much fun as its first day was…

    Love you much,
    Mom

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