Sorry for the bit of delay since my last entry, but between planning my parent’s trip to Japan, my SE Asia trip, moving and MY BIRTHDAY, things have been a bit crazy. Wait a minute did you say birthday? Yes I did, last week I officially entered my mid 20’s, by turning 25. 24 was a bit negotiable but 25 is right in the middle. I’m really an adult now. I can’t say that things have changed much in the last week, however. There were no great epiphanies the first morning of undeniable adulthood, and I have been fortunate enough to avoid the quarter life crisis, but there’s still time for that. I’ve been so busy that I haven’t had a chance to consider the big picture of my life. I’m just trying to get through the next month in one piece.
Apparently mid-February through beginning of March is a popular time to have a birthday. 2 weeks ago I went up to Shimane prefecture to visit Heather and celebrate my friend Erin’s birthday. Although it was snowing like crazy outside we kept warm inside by dancing our hearts out. The night was capped off by a frolick home in the fresh snow. Not too good for my immune system but a great time to be had.
A week later it was my birthday. The real day was rather low key. I had birthday greetings from my classes and a fantastic card from one of my students. (yes birthday is poorly spelled but she’s only a fifth grader and students don’t learn how to write english until 7th grade.) A few friends and I got dinner at a nice restaurant in town and Yuko even baked me a wonderful strawberry cake.
The next day I had my mustache party. Mustache party what’s that? Its pretty simple, we sent out the invite a few weeks ago and encouraged those who were capable to grow a ‘stache for the event, or get creative and make one if you were blessed with the ability to grow fabulous facial hair. In addition to the Kagawa crew Heather and Miguel came down to celebrate with me. It was a great time to be had by all, and it was wonderful to celebrate with great friends.
The next week was another birthday party. A couple members of the Kagawa crew had birthdays last week and there was a combined celebration. We topped the night off with karaoke and sang to the point of nearly losing our voices. I’ve been trying to cram in as much time with friends while I can. Although I have playing the denial card pretty hard, I am well aware that my weekends with friends in Japan are numbered. I’ve been doing the best I can to balance leaving/traveling preparations and making the most of my time here.