Thursday, July 10, 2008

Old Friends (Well, long-time:)

Sunday through Tuesday I went to Yokohama to visit a friend. She is here visiting her mom. Koh and I met when we were freshmen in high school (9th grade) when her dad went to South Dakota to study Laura Ingalls Wilder. Her mom still lives in Yokohama, but Koh now lives in Santa Cruz, CA. We had a great time reminiscing, looking through her annual, and looking through the reunion book that was made last year for our reunion, which neither of us attended. She has two incredibly cute little boys, and we had fun playing with them, too. On Tuesday we went to Kamakura, a historical city, walked the old shopping street, went to a shrine, and had an excellent dinner.

The boys enjoying a little TV time.

Feeding the fish in Kamakura at Hachimangu (a famous shrine there).

Decorations at the shrine for the star festival held the night before. About five minutes after I took this picture they took the decorations down!

Side note:
On the way home I fell asleep on the train. When I woke up we were stopped at a station which was not a scheduled stop. After sitting for a while I noticed the sign board was scrolling a message all in red. After a while I realized we were stopped because there was some kind of accident on the tracks between Nagoya and Kyoto. Eventually the announcement said that there was a person on the tracks.
After sitting for about a half an hour the guy behind me, who was also not Japanese, asked me if I knew what was going on. Realizing he didn't understand Japanese, I explained what I understood. An hour later we were still sitting on the tracks and he was getting a little nervous. He had a plane to catch! Finally, after two hours the train started up again.
If he got on the train I pointed him to he should have made it to the airport just in time to check in for his flight to Sydney. Hope he made it!


Lori said...

How fun! I was just at that shrine in Kamakura on Monday!

Traci said...

OMG Shan - you saw Koh? How super awesome. Tell her I said hello. Heck, I'm sure she probably doesn't even remember me. I didn't make it to the reunion last year either and wanted to get my hands on one of those books and even though I sent my form in stating I wanted one no one ever contacted me about the cost or how to obtain one. BoooHooo!