If you have been talking to me at all in the past month, you must be knowing that my friend from Japan is visiting me for three weeks.Â This has been a big focus for us for the past few weeks.Â First, let me review how I met Yagi-san.Â I was in Tokyo in April 2007 for a work meeting.Â I was on the subway and this older gentleman set next to me.Â I tried to speak some Japanese to him, but I do not think I said it correctly.Â He says, “I would prefer it if you spoke English to me.”Â So we talked a little and ended up exchanging email addresses.
We kept inÂ touch via email.Â Then my family and I visited Tokyo in July 2007.Â We all went to his house and got to meet his family.Â And we invited him to come to visit us.Â That is now happening.
I have been trying to plan his trip.Â You can see the wiki page where I have the latest plan at: www.gadgetnate.com/wiki/index.php?title=Yagi-san%27s_visit_in_March_2008
Today, Christopher and I picked him up at the airport:
We came home and met my mother-in-law and father-in-law.
We chatted a bit, and then he took a nap.Â So, I thought it would be good to go back to work.Â Later that evening, Stephen played the piano for us.
Yagi-san brought us all gifts.Â I got a learn Japanese book.Â Hopefully I can work on it while he is here.Â Then we all sat down and had dinner together.
Yagi-san bought some very good green tea.
And some berries… I will have to get the names later.
And he brought some sochu, which we will have to try this weekend.
After eating, Stephen played Shogi.
Then I tried playing shogi and learned the Kaku Gawari defense:
But it wasn’t enough… I lost two games: