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Farewell Feasts and St. Patrick’s Day in Tokyo

April 20, 2013

I meant to post this a lot earlier, but my computer out of commission for a while messed up the timing.

In the middle of March, we decided to celebrate our final weekend together in style. It began with a super fancy lunch on Saturday the 16th on the 52nd floor of the Park-Hyatt Tokyo hotel, famous for being in the film Lost in Translation. Since it was a high-class ordeal, eight of us dressed up and ate the most expensive meal that we had ever set eyes on. For a set fee, we were given access to appetizer and dessert buffets, an entree, a glass of sparkling white wine, and post-meal coffee or tea.

From L-R: Courteney's hand, Taiki, Becky, Lauren, Kate, Kris, and Jess's hand.

From L-R: Courteney’s hand, Taiki, Becky, Lauren, Kate, Kris, and Jess’s hand.

The view from my seat.

The view from my seat.

Group photo, taken by our waiter on Taiki's camera

Group photo, taken by our waiter on Taiki’s camera

Awesome tortoise building in Shinjuku.

Awesome tortoise building in Shinjuku.


After lunch, we walked over to Yoyogi Park to sit and enjoy the afternoon before heading to Kashiwa to meet some of our friends for a farewell party. It was wonderful to see them again, since the last time we saw each other was before Christmas! We sat down for our second giant meal of the day, and took loads of pictures between lulls in conversation and playing games. When our time was up at the restaurant, we quickly took group photos at the プリクラ (purikura) booth, and hopped on the last train to Kamagaya for a giant sleepover at Kris’s place.

Fun times, taken on Taiki's camera by our intoxicated neighbors

Fun times, taken on Taiki’s camera by our intoxicated neighbors

The next day (St. Patrick’s Day!) we got up, lounged around for a little while, and then went to Omotesando to watch our friend Kate perform her duty as Parade Queen at the St. Patrick’s Day parade. This particular parade is the largest St. Patrick’s Day celebration in all of Asia, boasting an attendance of over 50,000 spectators.

It was a little hectic trying to find everyone we were supposed to meet, but once we gathered we hurried to watch the parade. It turned out to be perfect, since the spot where we ended up happened to be the ending point of the parade so once Kate finished leading it with important people such as the Grand Marshall and the Irish Ambassador to Japan she was able to stand with us and watch the rest.

Kate sees us.

Kate sees us.

Group photo with the parade queen, taken on Taiki's camera

Group photo with the parade queen, taken on Taiki’s camera

After the final participants of the parade crossed the finish line and wandered away, we stopped to buy some lunch and then carried it over to Yoyogi Park to sit and simply enjoy each other’s company. After a few hours of conversation, pinecone throwing, and pictures it was time for the Koga crew to head back to Kamagaya to get our cars and head home to prepare for school the next day.

It was a wonderful last weekend to hang out with everyone, and I can’t imagine it going any better than how it did!

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