Travelogue: Birthday in Japan

by Lala

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!

Lala and Fujio family

Birthday Candles


Birthday card for Lala

Lala birthday party in Japan

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