日本の喫茶店 In a Japanese Cafe

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This is a place near our campus in Tamachi. As usual, I forgot the name. Amy had been here once with our friend Kenji so she took us. According to Kenji foreigners never go here but locals and students go daily. The look of surprise we got when we walked in definitely supported his claim. It felt a little bit like we had awkwardly walked into the home of someone we don’t know.  The walls were covered with photos of Keio students and Keio team pictures the way parents might display their children’s school pictures and awards. There was only one man working, who regulars call ‘Master,’ and the menu was simple and small – coffee, tea, juice, spaghetti, rice pilaf, and curry. While we felt a little out of place, others who came in tossed their coats and bags where they liked, went to the counter and poured their own water, and made conversation with the ‘Master’ as if they were simply picking up an unfinished conversation from earlier in the day. Needless to say, I enjoyed observing all of this.

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Amy looking at signed baseballs from games that (I assume) Keio won.

Pointing out our friend who, because he got several bloody noses during our 'all-night karaoke outing,' we now know as "the bloody nose guy"

Pointing out our friend who, because he got several bloody noses during our all-night karaoke outing, we now know as "the bloody nose guy"

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School spirit

School spirit

Sleepy Michelle looks awfully cool in this picture, yeah?

Sleepy Michelle looks awfully cool in this picture, yeah?

This might have been an "inappropriate for the dinner table" conversation.

This might have been an "inappropriate for the dinner table" conversation.

Drinking coffee & smoking one after another

Drinking coffee & smoking one after another

A teensy tiny earthquake occured as we were crossing this bridge

A teensy tiny earthquake occured as we were crossing this bridge to head home.

She ran to my side--haha, not sure what I could have done if it was a major earthquake!

She ran to my side--haha, not sure what I could have done if it was a major earthquake!

oh ps: Cold Stone’s Valentines Day campaign.

Cute huh?

Cute huh?I guess I know where to go if I feel the need '2 be loved'

I’m not very good at wrapping these up, if you haven’t noticed.

Travel to Japan, travel to anywhere. Explore. Or, do so through my eyes. Feel free to fund my adventures too, if you have some extra cash lying around ; ) I wouldn’t mind wandering for a living!

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