Whatta weekend! Here's the breakdown:
Friday night: Through the wonderful Glitter community of which Pinn is a regular member, we met up with another Glitter member, Jenny Hart (of Sublime Stitching fame) and her buddy, Stephanie!! This was their first trip to Japan and they were keen to experience Japanese karaoke - we were more than willing to oblige.
Here's a cute pic of Pinn and her husband, Seimi before the karaoke madness began:
Um, here we all are in the karaoke room (except daz who is taking the photo) before they delivered the pitchers of beer. We are all still looking respectable at this point.
Darin rocking the mic:
And by this next photo, the beer had clearly worked its magic:
It was a great night (which I paid for heavily the next day!!). See you ladies in Austin in a few months!!
Here's a manhole cover in Akiruno - it's for you Martine!!
While nursing karaoke hangovers we head out to the Nutrian festival (named after the animal known as the nutria). The only time it didn't rain was during our 20 minute walk from the station to the festival - lucky us. The green of Akiruno immediately eased my hangover pain.
Hard to believe that this is officially still Tokyo!!
My favourite thing about the festival were these smiley fried potato things - they really made me want to smile!
See they really work!
This is a crap photo of a fun Japanese girl band that traditional style music
The party went on well into the night in the mud and rain. Thanks hisari and oi for all of your hard work!
And finally we come to Sunday! The perfect way to spend a Sunday is at a rooftop bbq in Kichijoji. The weather was pretty miserable Sunday morning but the sun came out in the afternoon to cheer all of us up.
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