Flashback – Japan 2009 – a Day with Friends in High Places

All photos taken on September 19, 2021.

Way back in my first post on this series, I talked about Kunika, a home stay student that one of our dear friends, J had hosted for an entire school year. In the good old days of not knowing everyone’s E-mail address, we relied on snail mail to make the initial contact and let her know when we were coming and asking if we could get together. As the day of our departure drew closer and closer, we still had not heard from her and we grew worried we would miss meeting up with her, altogether.

At long last, I received an E-mail from Kunika, reading “Kunika is Alive”. The only mailing address we had was for her parents, who had moved not long ago. The letter had been held up, but was finally delivered. The parents let Kunika (now married and living elsewhere) know she had mail and the rest, as they say, is history.

We had arranged to meet at our hotel on this day to head off an adventure in Kamakura (separate posts) and then join Kunika and Masa for supper, back at their home. Masa was in the dentist chair in the morning, but would join us in Kamakura later in the day.

Kunika and Patty in Shimbashi station
Waiting for our train
trains come, trains go
some fast, some slow
catching up on old news on the short ride to Kamakura
arriving back at Shinigawa station in the evening
the commuter crush
Shinigawa station
walking out of Shinigawa station
Shinigawa is a busy office complex area
on the way to Kunika and Masa’s home
office building where Masa works on Sony Street, of course
posing with Masa
more office highrises
the building where Kunika and Masa live
city sunset
evening falls on the Meguro River
views from the 40th floor observation area of Kunika and Masa’s building
night has fallen
enjoying our dinner and home visit
giving gifts

We were so lucky to have good friends who lived in the area to show us around.

Published by kagould17

Not much to tell. After working for 3 companies over 43+ years (38 years 7 months with my last company), I finally got that promotion I had waited my entire career for……retirement. I have been exploring this new career for the past 7+ years and while it is not always exciting, the chance to do what I want for myself and my family instead of what my company wants has been very fulfilling. Early on, there was a long list of projects in my “to-do” hopper and I attacked these projects with a vengeance for the first 9 months of retirement. Eventually, my brain told me that this was not what retirement was about, so it took me another 5 months before my industriousness again took over and I attacked another line of projects, this time somewhat shorter and less complicated, as well as many new projects related to the family weddings in 2016. After going hard for 6 weeks and 3 weddings, my body was telling me to relax, then the flu bug hit and as soon as that was done with me, my sciatic acted up. No rest for the wicked. In 2020 and 2021, the Covid 19 pandemic changed the whole retirement gig. I was lucky to not be still working, for sure. I enjoy photography, gardening, working with my hands, walking, cycling, skiing, travelling, reading and creating special photo and video productions obtained in my first pastime. I may never become wealthy in any of these pursuits, but I already feel I am rich in life experiences far beyond any expectation.

12 thoughts on “Flashback – Japan 2009 – a Day with Friends in High Places

    1. We saw so much we would not have seen on our own and also got the explanations we would have been looking for. Thanks for reading Marion. Happy Sunday. Allan

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