I met Julie-san this evening for dinner and she provided me with the perfect dinner companion for my birthday in Japan. She is a friend of Kimi, my Japanese connection in Berkeley; I felt that we formed an instant friendship. Over a superb dinner of sashimi and tempura, along with freshly cooked tofu, we had a wonderful time. I drank a fair amount of her family’s excellent saki, along with an eggnog flavored saki that would be a bestseller in the US. Tomorrow I will meet her husband and children, but I owe her a big thanks for making my birthday a special occasion. Thank you, Julie!
I think I get two birthdays, as tomorrow is my official b-day in the US. I hope that means I get double the presents!