Did you ever have a pen pal?
I actually had quite a few when I was in high school. While studying Japanese, our class was asked to be pen pals with students in Japan.
If I remember correctly, our correspondence was mostly in English. And it was fun learning more about the Japanese culture and what students about the same age as me, were up to.
Two of the pen pals that I started corresponding with in high school, I still keep in touch with today through social media and nengajo (New Years cards).
This past Tuesday, I got to catch-up with one of them, Junko, she is the friend that lives in Sendai. The one that I was worried about when that horrific tsunami hit.
Rewind to the last time I saw her. It was in Hawaii many many moons ago, she was on her way to the mainland and only had a little time to meet up.
Fast forward to this past Tuesday, she came to Osaka for work and wondered if I had some time to meet up...I was so happy that she contacted me.
It was so nice seeing her and the time flew as we caught up!
I hope we get a chance to see each other again.
Thank you Junko for all the goodies from Sendai!