FRIEND: A person with whom one has a bond of mutual affection.
Someone asked me recently why my photos don't include Japanese friends. Hopefully, someday they will. I have learned that it is very difficult to build relationships when you can barely communicate. I cannot speak Japanese yet, short of hello, goodbye, thank you, I'm sorry, etc. Many Japanese, while they learned English in school, are not also not comfortable in a conversation. They know similar words in English that I know in Japanese. It doesn't make for very in-depth conversation.
For now I am relying on my new expat friends. Relying heavily in some instances. My husband is already traveling quite a bit. In fact, he is in Brazil this week and Argentina next week. Several of the ladies here have really extended the hand of friendship to me. I've learned that I don't do well as a loner. I'm an extrovert. No doubt about it. I need people, big time.
We both conquered the use of the "self-serve" line in this grocery store.
Thankfully it had an "english" button.
My new friends took me to a thrift store. And they don't even know me well yet! I might've jumped at the chance. That was probably a clue. I bought the beautiful china plates below and the game board they are sitting on. I really want to go back, but really don't have room for much.
Another friend took me to Costco, which was such a help. This is both of our stuff combined, by the way. I don't even have a membership and she let me go with her. Which was very generous. Then she drove me home and helped me unload! Which is not simple, since I live in the city in an apartment on the 12th floor.
I have had A LOT of dining opportunities. Above is my first Indian meal.
And first for sitting on the floor.
This was Japanese BBQ. Most of it was delicious. ;-)
Expat's tend to recognize each other immediately in Japan. Only 1% of the people in Japan are not Japanese. So, we really stick out. This beautiful family was from Norway. Their little girls were Karen, Maria and Julia.
Elizabeth and I met when we both tried to pass the driving test. We both failed. Here are her boys, Aiden and Robin. Such a sweet family. Since then she has passed and I have my second test tomorrow. I'm trying not to stress about it. I won't try again, if I fail it this time. All done.
Blurry but funny.
These last two pictures are of my close friends in Southern California. They made a "flat Karen" and took me antiquing with them. I think we did a few other things together too. I was told that I created quite a scene. Silly girls. I love and miss them a lot.
Piglet sidled up to Pooh from behind.
"Pooh!" he whispered.
"Nothing," said Piglet, taking Pooh's paw.
"I just wanted to be sure of you.
Friends are the best!