On Friday, it was my friend, Aya’s birthday. On Saturday, We had a surprise birthday party for her.
A small group of us went out to the cottages near the lake and prepared.
This is Tomo.
This is Ami.
Preparing. They decided that her birthday should have a graduation-like ceremony. Ami is making a list of the things that are going to happen during the ceremony.
Here is the finished product, complete with all participants’ faces.
Here’s the “stage.” Complete with the paper flowers that are always used to decorate all Japanese graduation ceremonies.
After everything was ready, we had to take a few pictures.
Then Ami left to go get Aya. So we waited some more. (I had the camera set for time lapse so it could capture the whole of the ceremony, unfortunately I started it WAAAY to early).
Then the ceremony began. Miyauchi-sensei gave a speech and a paper for Aya. I handed her the flowers that are in my hands in this shot. Apparently graduation ceremonies move quick enough that I should have had it shooting more than 4times per minute.
Tomo gave a tear-filled speech. Actually, it was laughter filled, but faking tears made it less obvious she was crying.
Be quiet Aya! Quit laughing! (Tomo was very strict)
The group shot.
Apparently, 29 is the meat birthday. It’s a play on words, because 2 is read “ni” and 9 “ku.” Meat is “niku.” 29, isn’t read that way, but the two numbers separately are. This was dinner.
Aya with her birthday presents.
Round 2 for the meat birthday.
Aya and her cake.
The cake! It had blueberries.
In the end, we stayed up until 4am playing cards. I taught them “Killer Uno,” but re-named it to “Crazy Uno” because I figured that’d be easier to remember (And how do you translate "killer" as a game name??). It was a lot of fun.