Earlier this afternoon, I returned from our last at-sea period in a while. My ship will be entering the shipyard for a maintenance availability while I am in Japan (yay for no more pausing of life to dink around off of the coast of Florida every few weeks!). I don't want to talk about Navy stuff, though, so let's move on to a much more pressing issue that has me excited in anticipation -- In only 2 more days I will be departing Norfolk for 32 days to embark on the greatest adventure of my life (to date).
Happily, all of the details have panned out during the past week. Erica finally received her passport in the mail (you have no idea how nervous I was getting about that!), I have secured a ride to the airport on Monday afternoon, and all that is left is to pack (and do a little bit of light shopping). Of course, following family tradition, I will end up packing late at night on the eve of my departure.
I have added a few more events to my Tokyo itinerary (we are really making the most out of the weekend in Tokyo!), and it is looking to be a fully planned out weekend. I have never planned out an entire weekend before, so I am actually rather proud of myself. On Saturday after (July 28), we are planning on going to the Ghibli Museum in the Mitaka ward of West Tokyo since I am such a fan of Studio Ghibli's films (as well as original anime movies in general). In fact, Isao Takahata is my favorite director, and the works of Hayao Miyazaki also hold a special place in my heart.
|Map for visiting locations in 「耳をすませば」|
Of course, we have to make it back in time for the Sumida River Fireworks Festival that night, as well. I still have no idea what we are doing in Kyoto on the first weekend, but I guess we'll play it by ear. It has also come to my attention that Comiket is being held on August 10-12 in Tokyo, so I think I might try to return for at least a day to take Erica to that. She is a brilliant cosplayer who is extremely skilled at making her own costumes, so I think that she would love to attend a manga convention in Tokyo.
Well, that is all for today. もうすぐ行く・・・待てないんですよ！読めば、書いて続く約束です。じゃまたねぇ。