I was staying at Yoshimi's, and we were going to go to visit her Grandparents. For Lunch, we stopped at a Mcdonalds.
I got a shrimp burger(I had to try one) and a grape soda. They have grape soda everywhere in Japan. The shrimp burger was really pretty good, and I didn't feel gross after eating it like I did when I ate Mcdonalds in the U.S. And they recycle everything, even the ice left in you cup!
Yoshimi's Grandparents were so cute. And her Grandma's mother, who is around 80 I think, was there also and she was making sushi rolls when we arrived. I couldn't believe she was 80! She looks amazing.
We ate some of the Sushi and drank some green tea, even though we had already eaten lunch. The sushi was so amazingly delicious. It was savory but the carrot almost had a sweet taste.
Here is Yoshimi laughing at me as I took photos of the Sushi.
Her Grandparent's house was so beautiful, it was a large traditional japanese house, with paper walls and a beautiful garden.
I got to borrow her Grandmother's bike and we rode to the local mall, where we did Prikura(photo booths), shopped, caused trouble, and ate at 31 flavors. Here is Yoshimi imitating some strange mannequins...
One thing I am going to miss is the ice cream. I don't know why, but it's just better. I got melon flavored ice cream at 31 flavors, and there are actually tons of melon flavored things in Japan.
Then we rode back to her grandparent's house, and we ate some sweet rice cakes. These are really commonly given as gifts or eaten as dessert in Japan, they're really delicous. Rice cake is basically rice in a firm jello like state, and then filled with some kind of sweet paste. I think is is called Mochi.
Here is a photo of me with Yoshimi's family. From right to left there is Rika; Yoshimi's mom, Yoshimi's Aunt, Yoshimi's Great Grandmother, Yoshimi's Grandmother, me, and Yoshimi's grandfather. It's crazy to think that I was hanging out 4 generations of women.
So we said goodbye and everyone came out to see us off, even Yoshimi's great grandmother hobbled outside and sat on a rock to watch us leave.
The night before Rika(Yoshimi's mom) had gone for Flower arranging with her friends. Apparently it's a popular hobby in Japan, women gather and arrange flowers and socialize. She brought home her flowers and I took some photos of them.
Here is Shi-zu getting dressed. haha, I felt kind of bad for her.
The next day Yoshimi and I met up with Ayako at the Mall, and we also met Ayako's friend; Hisa, who left to Argentina for a Host stay on the 26th. She wanted to practice her spanish and english with me.
I bought some peach juice, it was yummy. They have a lot of peach flavored things in Japan too.
Here is a photo of Hisa and I.
Here is an amazing 31 flavors sundae Hisa got. We basically just hung out at the mall all day and ate ice cream.
we ate a lot of ice cream.
These are some guys with weird hair that I took a picture of. I don't think they understood me so they were kind of freaked out. haha.
Then we said goodbye to Hisa and went to dinner at a delicious sushi place with Atsuko.
There were two tracks on the sushi railroad thingy. It was really awesome, each table had a touch screen computer, and you could order something on that and then the track above the main one would have a fast train zoom up and stop with your food.