What an emotional day it’s been so far. I’m posting this during our 2 and half hour ride on the Sakura Shinkansen (bullet train) from Kyoto to Hakata. It’s my birthday and I’ve spent the morning with my love & our wonderful new friends, the Fujio family. This morning they arranged a surprise birthday party complete with a personalised cake, gifts for me and our family, candles, a banner, singing…the whole tutti! I can’t begin to describe how emotional that was for me, especially because it was our last day with them & the fact that I haven’t had a birthday party in over 7 years.
We’ve had a wonderful stay with them. They really went out of their way to make this a memorable stay. We booked through the Homestay website but they will also be listing their place on Airbnb. I’ll update this post with that link when it’s live.
For now, I will just post some pictures, so that I don’t start crying on this train in front of everybody.
Domo arigato, Fujio-ke!