If you've known me long, you know I love my birthday and celebrate the entire month of December. My friends invited me for a sushi birthday lunch yesterday, as they have in the past. They are always so kind.
After eating sushi, we talked and looked at a United States map and I pointed out various things. I hadn't looked at a US map in a while and I think I had forgotten how big the country is.
When it was time for me to leave, I was given this trio of special Japanese sweets made especially for me! On the left is Mt. Fuji with sakura petals, Miho no Matsubara (pine trees), ocean waves, and Happy Birthday. The middle sweet is my favorite animal, complete with a bamboo snack. On the right is a mikan, a tangerine type of citrus fruit which is grown locally.
I am so thankful for the good friends I have here in Shizuoka. I think I will stay here forever.