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We’ll always have Tohkeeyo!

The longest goooooood-bye ever. Sayonara W+K Tokyo. Hontoni, arigatou gozaimasu.

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Ayung Yuko & Ghen

When Yuko and Ghen invited us to their home we didn’t know we were in for such a nice surprise.

Amazingly, they recreated one of Eric’s favourite restaurants Ayung Teras, the Indonesian place in Shibuya. These look so pro but they’re 100% homemade! Yuko says it’s her first time cooking Indonesian meal. Really Yuko? You haven’t been practicing for months and months?!?

Windows open on this breezy night.

Ghen does the expert move on the wok with the morning glory.

We had long admired the PEN mag feature of their newly renovated home. In real life, it’s just as nice and very cosy and obviously has an amazing kitchen.

Thanks Yuko and Ghen for the lovely evening - we really enjoyed it!

See you again, soon!

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Sensei Shinya

Shinya was the one who hired me at TUJ and always gave me great advice and guidance throughout my teaching gig. See you again in London!

For Monday lunch we all had the maguro-don, or grilled tuna on rice, Eric’s favourite lunch-time meal.

The family came out to say good-bye and we all got teary eyed. Before we left they asked through Shinya, can Eric eat Korean food? I think they were curious if he eats anything other than tuna ;-)

4-4-5 Roppongi

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Old friends Ando, Maeda and Misa

Maeda and Misa are expecting!!!

And Ando is getting younger by the minute!

Great thai meal. Quite spicy.

Last supper.

More photos.

Good-byes on the rainy streets of Roppongi

We’ll miss you guys, please come and visit!

3-8-8 Roppongi

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Google outing

When the movers were gone, we were on a bus to Ikaho in the Gunma prefecture for the Google wrap-party-slash-onsen-outing.

The party begins on the bus.

Thanks to San we got our own ginormous room (as opposed to staying in boys room and girls room).

Group dinner, Japanese style.

Kana checks on the abalone which was so fresh it was live!

The onsen was h-u-g-e with many different pools.

But wait! our room also had a private bath!!! Very nice!

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Yuka and Yo

Mexican at the Midtown with the Google ladies Yuka, Yo and us.

Yuka asked for something ‘romantic’ ;-)

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Shun and Kaoru

Sunday night we met up with Shun and his wife Kaoru for a Korean dinner in Daikanyama for a cozy farewell. Shun has worked with Eric on a number of recent jobs (that’s before he left WK for greener pastures ;-) and Kaoru speaks Korean as well as Myung Jin does!

A thoughtful departing gift from Shun and Kaoru. Made in Kaoru’s hometown region, in a village called Obama! Thanks guys, we’ll use it well for sure.

We have a feeling we’ll run into them pretty soon, somewhere in Europe perhaps.

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Ayumi and Rishi

It’s too bad we are cramming all our socializing activities in the last couple of weeks of our stay in Tokyo. But better late than never! Friday night out with Ayumi and Rishi at a fancy Italian place in Nishi Azabu.

Food was amazing!

This photo sums up the always mischievous Ayumi and the slightly neurotic Rishi ;-) Thanks for the fun night and hope you guys come out to London~

Mario i Sentieri
Nishi Azabu 4-1-10
03 6418 7072

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Despite its somewhat dubious location, or because of it, Chongiwa has become one of our favourite places to take our friends to. Last Thursday we were happy to go with Kaoru our long time friend from Temple.

Kaoru gave us a great gift, an alien detector! The alarm will sound when one comes near by!

MJ Eric show down. Not ;-)

Hope you come and check out the London art scene Kaoru!

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Another happy/sad evening

It’s a happy occasion to see our friends but also sad to think it’ll be awhile before we meet again. Two nights ago we made our way to an Italian restaurant tucked away in the residential neighbourhood of Meguro called Trattoria della Lanterna Magica.

Yuko and Yohei.

A present! Beautiful bamboo ladle MJ is already making good use of. Thanks Yuko and Yohei~

Yumminess, and how we’ll miss eating in Tokyo, where it’s impossible to have bad food whatever the cuisine.

Yoko and beer and us.

We said our goodbyes at the Meguro station. Thanks guys for the good times and hope to see you in London~

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The A Team

Always genki forever patient Keiko and Tomoko are the super HR duo and they have been unbelievably supportive and helpful, we really could not have done without them. Really, our Tokyo life would not have been possible! Our last dinner was had at Nanbantei, Trish’s favourite yakitori place. Thank you guys for everything - we’ll really miss you.

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Ryuto is all grown up

We last saw him when he couldn’t quite sit up yet and now he walks and talks and even serves beer!

Thanks Kay and Kinchan for inviting us for homecooked yumminess. Philip, Eric and I sit down for Kay’s recreation of Yohei’s signature pasta dish, salad and mini hotdog, or as Ryuto likes to call them, so-se-ji.

Day of the Boy present from his grandparents. Nice!

Group photo.

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A perfect ending

Bathing time at a local onsen with seaweed hotspring water from Katsura.

Dinner of freshly caught fish at local eatery.

Adventures of a caterpillar. Back inside the dome we watched as Mr Caterpilla made his way around, literally, the globe.

By the way, no caterpillar was harmed in photographing for this post ;-)

Thank you so much Kenji for having us over! We really loved being in Nakadaki and seeing your mountain and dome - looking forward to seeing how Kenjimanjaro comes along!

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It was pretty exciting to see Kenji’s newly bought mountain. So much nature and fresh everything!

The real deal mineral water from the mountain and wild wasabi.

And fruits everywhere.

Kuro you lucky dog!

Absolutely gorgeous view of the mountains across.

Inspecting the mountain.

Kenji’s viewing chair.

Mo’ fruits and us.

At the foot of the mountain are two houses and a greenhouse plus mushrooms and flowers and chairs…

Kuro doubles as our chauffeur.

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Nakadaki outing

Last weekend we went to visit Kenji and Kuro down in Nakadaki and to stay at the dome house that he built. It was pretty amazing and a lot cozier that I thought. Waking up to red firm tomatoes and fresh dewy air was great.

Things that caught our eyes around the dome.

Hello Kuro! Kuro is a mix of Shiba and Husky.

The dome! And nature!

And off we went for a delicious and bountiful country breakfast.

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