Once upon a time, back when what I knew about Japan revolved around Sailormoon, my family hosted a Japanese exchange student for a year. Yes, that was Tomo-chan.
Since I graduated high school, I’ve visited her and her family three times, though I got to see her an extra time for a few hours when I first arrived for the JET Programme. She is an excellent person, very considerate, smart, adorable, and just a tad lazy (which is completely out of character for most Japanese people). She’s also “obsessed” with getting married, which makes me giggle. And she has DIMPLES! Hey, I never noticed that. She lives near Tokyo (and by “near” I mean an hour+ out on the train), so I can only visit her during vacation time. So, since we had three national holidays in a row–golden week!–I, of course, went to see her. And for another reason… (see 05-02!)