I know that one of these days the run is going to stop, but so far, somehow, each day I spend here tops the previous.
First, I’m sorry to everyone whose phone messages and e-mails I haven’t responded to – I haven’t been back in my room for the last 3 days. Hopefully I can call everyone back tomorrow morning before you all go to sleep 🙂
Second, I cannot thank Alanna enough for introducing me to Naomi and her family. So, THANK YOU!
A few months ago Alanna, a friend of mine from the LA area, gave me Naomi’s e-mail address. Naomi was one of Alanna’s friends from when she was studying abroad here in Kyoto last year. We got to know each other over the Internet, finally meeting for the first time on New Years (we went together to the shrine I mentioned in my previous post), and she invited me to a traditional Japanese-style New Years dinner with her family in Uji (near Kyoto) on the night of January 2nd. Cool!