Every year I ask my friends not to throw me a birthday party and every year they completely disregard my wish. This time was no different! I was supposed to have lunch with Gow but instead I came to the restaurant, sat at my table for two, ordered drinks and then turned back to see all of my best friends sitting at another table and shouting “Surprise!” That was of course very sweet especially considering how some of them are very busy.
These are my 4 best girflfriends. We were all sma-girls once sitting next to each other and smiling to the camera. It’s funny how a shitty job like that can bring life-long friendships. Thank you Katori Shingo!
We did the same for Gow’s birthday two weeks before my birthday. She was lurked into the restaurant by her friend Shelly who supposedly forgot to give something to a friend who was having dinner there. We all hid behind the counter and when they came in we jumped out and surprised her. It really worked because she knew about the fake party the next day and was totally shocked to see us all one day earlier. hehe
And then I was surprised again at NHK the other day. They also remembered about my birthday and gave me the beautiful autumn flowers. They probably got the idea that I have a thing for flowers after I stole the roses we used for the shooting. ^-^
That’s me and Numano Kyoko – our mentor and a truly fascinating woman. She does so much for the exchange between Russia and Japan by numerous translations and lectures and literature and educational publications. She introduced me to Boris Akunin who came to Tokyo last week to receive an honorary award. Read next entry about that. ^-^