Hiroyki was waiting for me with his friend, Junko, a high energy, hard drinking lady. Whew!
We had such a grand time that we made plans for a different type of meeting. Next Thursday, Hiroyuki and Junko are going to take Joan and me out for sushi at a restaurant near the station. I don't think it is going to be the usual conveyor belt sushi but the real deal. I'm a little nervous.
Another good thing is that I remembered to bring a camera this time, so I was able to get a few photos of the izakaya and my new friends!
Hiroyuki is closest to the camera with Junko just past him. Ryoko, the multi-linugal bar help, is in the back right. As you can see, the izakaya is extremely narrow. The front door is right behind Hiroyuki, and the open back door is visible to the right.
Ryoko took this picture looking the other way.