On Sunday night, 16 people gathered in a restaurant near Nagoya Station to eat, drink, and say “またね” (see you later). I lived in Nagoya for two years and met a lot of wonderful people. I’ve been lucky enough that many of them have kept in touch, and will no doubt keep in touch in the future, too. Some of them are even planning trips to Europe soon… 🙂
Before going to the restaurant, Kazue and I met Akane (who I used to work with) and we had a Nagoya-style snack. We had planned to go to Komeda (a famous local coffee shop), but there was a huge queue outside.
So we went to another cafe, where I found this wonderful “ogura hotcake” dish:
Akane went for the pudding version:
It was to be a day of eating! (I’d already had temaki sushi in Anjo that morning!)
We met everyone at the restaurant at 5pm. It was so nice to see my friends again – some I hadn’t seen for a year. It felt so familiar and easy to hang out with them and talk with them. They were all people that I met through my job in Nagoya – either students or co-workers.
We ate some delicious fish:
And talked and talked and talked! 😀
Of course, they made me give a speech (which I bumbled through in terrible Japanese – finally giving up and speaking English). I’m terrible at giving speeches, by the way!
(L-R (back): Tsukasaさん, Nobukiさん, Keiichiさん, Me, Ryoichiさん, Yokoさん, Rieさん, Yukieさん, Shioriさん. L-R (front): Rie先生, Kazueさん, Mayuさん, Yoko先生, Makikoさん, Leah先生, Akane先生.)
I will never forget these people – they looked after me in Nagoya, and have always been so kind to me! They were wonderful students and co-workers, who taught me so much about Japan, and about life. I hope we can all stay in touch and met again! 🙂