June 4 was my 21st birthday and Tash’s 22nd birthday (I know, we have the same birthday. It’s trippy!!). Also, I found out today that one of my teacher’s also had her birthday on the same day. Crazy stuff; the world surely is small.
Putting that aside, Tash and I were rushing to try and organize a party of some sorts because our methodology report took up a good chunk of our time right before our birthdays. But we managed to pull some together and even though it was a really sudden event, I was so grateful to have such great friends who turned up to celebrate with us even though we’ve only really known them for around 2 months.
We celebrated at an izakaya close to our uni and there was barely anyone around because it was a Tuesday night, score! Lots of laughter, jokes, friendly bullying and drinks all around. Well I don’t drink alcohol but there were a lot of drinks being consumed that night XD Gifu totally didn’t know what hit them, we had a blast!!
There was a cake (even though my name disappeared from the cake because it got moved around so much!! D:) and singing of Happy Birthday and it was all just so overwhelming. I think this has got to be one of my best birthdays ever, save for the ones my friends in Sydney did for me and that was around 5 months early. I hope I get to remain really good friends with these wonderful people for a very long time.
Friends were giving us presents and I seriously was not expecting so many of them! All of this kindness, really! Not pictured in the photo above was a Hello Kitty pouch bag my Chinese friend gave to me after I took that photo. And I got a few birthday packages from back home as well (INCLUDING A POLAROID CAMERA!! *_*) Nevertheless I’m so grateful to have spent my 21st birthday overseas, despite my initial ‘eh..?’ reaction when I realized that was going to be the case last yet.
Even though I’m now a legal adult everywhere around the world, I still look like I’m 16 ahaha….
Oh well, this is definitely one of my most memorable moments in Japan.