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Gow’s birthday party

Organizing a secret birthday party for a friend is a great challenge that tests your life experience and social skills. Obviously I am yet to learn a lot. I wanted to make a perfect party for Gow and in my opinion didn’t do all that well. I have a big respect to all “kanji” who organize countless “nomikai” in my company. Gathering people in an organized event is painful, at least for me.

Anyway, I was more lucky than last year and could gather more people but they all showed up at the last minute and of course the place got too small for such party. We couldn’t move around and ended up talking to the people who sat next to us…I wish I thought this through and reserved an open space cafe or bar…Sitting at the table is not so exciting…

There was no space for presents and no way of opening them in front of everyone…I planned a great greeting card present with pictures of all the participants glued to it..Each participant was supposed to carry a heart shaped balloon with their names written on it and then write a message to Gow under the picture…The markers didn’t write on balloons, they took all the free space left, I forgot the glue at home and we ended up using scotch tape…It was the worst card I have ever made..It travelled without any supervision from hands to hands and the balance of free space and contents was horrible…

I’m so grateful that Gow knows how to have fun in any kind of situations and doesn’t care about such things..However me as organizer, I felt terrible…Even the “Happy birthday” hat that I got for her was a bad idea because she wore hippie style ribbon on her head..

The party itself was a lot of fun because many of Gow’s friends could come and there were some people that I haven’t seen for a year. ^-^ After the dinner we went to karaoke which Gow had to book for herself because I didn’t plan nijikai…Another miss..Overall, I was relieved that Gow was happy and stayed with her friends till late but the feeling of dissatisfaction is hunting me…I could do so much better for my girl!

Russian orthodox church in Meguro

It was opened last week and last sunday I went to its first sunday service which was also on a first day of orthodox church calendar – 14th of September. This church is under the supervision of Nikolai-do in Ochanomizu but it is a territory of Russian Federation and all the service is in Russian – done by Russian priest Nikolai and two Japanese priests who speaks perfect old Russian used in all the prayers and the Bible. I was really impressed when Japanese priest started to preach in beautiful, absolutely correct Russian.

The church itself is a bit far from the station – four bus stops away so I’m not sure if I’ll go there from now on. For my friend Zhenya it’s very far so I think we’ll still be going to our usual church which is in convinient distance for both of us. Whenever she can’t make it though, I’ll try to go to Meguro church because service is in Russian which I appreciate greatly.

Yamanashi getaway

Yesterday I went to Yamanashi with our company’s development division for a corporate camp. Yamanashi is one of the Tokyo’s many suburb / resort places with famous hot springs, traditional Japanese hotels and outdoor activities.

It’s close to mountain Fuji and beautiful Yamanako lake.

The hotel we stayed at was very cozy with stylish interior and beautiful view on lake from rooms and rotemburo – open air hot spring.

The weather was great, summer hot in the day and autumn chilly in the evening when we took our open airs baths and later had hanabi – fireworks in one of its small gardens.