The leaves were also in the middle of changing and so the Japanese maples (momiji) were beautiful, red and yellow. In other parts, the ground was covered with tiny red and purple maple leaves. I can see why they talk about it in Loveless so much. :P We also saw Fujisan! It looks so beautiful in the light from the setting sun.
Just before the summit, we had o-dango too! ^_^
Afterwards we went to a Japanese all-you-can-eat place. Some of the dishes were delicious, although some were more of a dare than food. For example, nattou and shiokara. I think nattou is notorious, but shiokara not so much. It deserves its own notoriety, since it's squid entrails mixed with the wash from sake. It looks nasty, it smells nasty and it tastes really, really nasty. *smile* Don't worry, I LOVE trying new things...!
I was sitting next to a lovely Japanese girl and we talked in a mix of Japanese and English whenever we lost the words in the language that wasn't our native tongue. It was fun. Across the table was a guy introduced to me as 'Iro-Otoko'. *laughs* His friend claimed to be 'Ero-Otoko'... :P The leader of the expedition was also sitting across from me and he seemed really interesting too. He's lived in Japan for thirty-five years...!
Yesterday, I ached. It's bad even now. I felt a bit uneasy from all the sake I'd had too (not hungover -- just not perfect!). And so I went into Chiba City to learn how to run around and teach kids. Eek.
Haven't got much time left on here, so here's a link to info on Meine Liebe Wieder. 1/22 start, apparently. Info from Moonphase.