19 Mar My 80th Birthday
We were having dinner in a small izakaya (pub). We’d struggled a bit to find a good restaurant for dinner. The first place we tried was full, but they recommended another restaurant that we eventually found. When we arrived it was empty but the proprietor turned us away. As we left, they waved us back in and offered us a table. We were early and I think they hoped we’d be gone by the time their reservations showed up. It almost worked!
Near the end of our meal a large group of young people arrived. Several spoke some English and were eager to practice with us. We learned they were a group of students, professors, and marketing professionals working on a project to promote a local brand of shochu. They appeared to be having a very good time and were so welcoming that we stayed for another round of drinks.
Celeste let it slip that it was my 80th birthday. A local musician was performing with traditional taiko drums and a shamisen (a three-stringed guitar-like instrument that is plucked with a stick). The other patrons were eager to celebrate with us. They serenaded me with Happy Birthday and before long the entire izakaya was singing, dancing, and helping play the taiko drums. Pure joy!
Words don’t do justice to the experience. We took some short videos that do a slightly better job, but nothing like being there in person. It was a marvelous way to celebrate a birthday!
Jack PetersPosted at 03:31h, 19 March
Belated Happy Healthy BIrthday !!!
This over the horizon friend gratefully turned 79 March 13 th
Scott StabbertPosted at 05:57h, 19 March
Never knew you such a party animal!
What a cool time.
Sheila MorrowPosted at 06:21h, 19 March
AH! The perfect celebration! Happy 80 Don!
Lori LloydPosted at 08:17h, 19 March
Memorable and Happy birthday celebration! Thank you for sharing with us. Big hugs xoxo
Michone WalkerPosted at 13:32h, 19 March
Happy birthday Don! What a great way to celebrate
John RuscettaPosted at 15:34h, 19 March
Happy belated birthday Don.
John and Gidget
Beverley Lynn DesmaraisPosted at 17:04h, 19 March
Happy Birthday! Great celebration!
Valorie CarpenterPosted at 17:19h, 19 March
Hau’oli La Hanau Don!
Michael and JoAnne GrayPosted at 17:51h, 19 March
What a wonderful birthday celebration! We are so enjoying your blogs!
Ken DiestlerPosted at 17:58h, 19 March
Another day ….Another Great Experience. Happy Birthday
Craig Rowelll and Cory RayPosted at 19:07h, 19 March
Happy Birthday Don!!!
mike harringtonPosted at 19:12h, 19 March
Mary Ann UnderwoodPosted at 02:28h, 20 March
Happy Birthday. May you have many more. You make your life good!!
JillPosted at 12:05h, 20 March
Belated Happy Birthday! Great to celebrate with new cultural surroundings and enthusiastic Crew. Rod and i feel like every year we spend on a boat over 80 we get to subtract!
Tom and Jan WhitePosted at 19:20h, 20 March
Happy 80th Birthday.
Azusa MaruyamaPosted at 11:55h, 21 March
Happy belated birthday Don! We cannot wait to see you and Sharry in Japan. We’re looking forward to hearing back from you.
Hugh ReillyPosted at 17:25h, 23 March
Another belated Happy Birthday wish . . . and for many happy returns of the day!