|Takeshi Tomizawa visits. He's a friend of mine and my|
husband's friend from high school and Hope College.
I don't think I actually even went out this day, but stayed inside with Mama-san. I probably was catching up on posts. My mother-in-law also has friends who visit often, bring food, and lots of good conversation and laughing. Today, our friend Tomizawa Taeshi-san visits.
We're both laughing so hard because we definitely look different than the last time we saw each other 11 years ago. He is bald now with a shaved head! Takeshi has always been a fun-loving and happy person. When he was a student at Hope College, he was always failing his English language classes and his father was constantly warning him he wasn't going to send any more money until the grades went up. Takeshi graduated from Hope College (maybe barely....). On my last visit, I was rather shocked to find out that he ran an English language academy! Now his English is very good. Probably not having the pressure of college classes helped and his language ability improved when he returned to Japan. Anyway, we speak in both languages within the same sentence which adds to the hilarity.
Here are some images of the inside of my mother-in-law's apartment. It's very small by Western standards but is just the right size for her. All apartments, and even houses, have sliding doors onto a veranda where they hang laundry, keep plants, and open the doors to air out their rooms.
|This is the tatami (woven reed flooring) room|
in which I'm sleeping.
|My mother-in-law's bedroom with her bed|
(unmade and being aired out)
and Otoke-sama shrine.
|Pay no attention to my laundry hanging|
out to dry... Rarely do Japanese have
dryers since gas is so expensive.
|Dining area looking into the kitchen.|