My family always has interesting people going in and out of the house. Through my host dad's connection as a volunteer probation officer, we somehow got to entertain two visitors from Kenya at the house last night.
From left: David, Maria, and two family friends whose names I have embarrasingly forgotten.
Dinner! Sushi, chicken legs, corn-wrapped pork, tempura, tiny sandwiches, and the requisite big can of Asashi.
Kanpai! (It's not really a Koyama gathering without a kanpai.)
Maria trying (and failing) to master the art of chopsticking. David got it pretty well, but Maria inevitably ended up either stabbing her target (bad chopstick form), or reverting to a fork.
The women. Maria brought out the most hugs I've ever seen in Japan to date.
Gift of a handpainted Kenyan prairie vista.
And a reciprocal chopsticks gift, unlikely to get much use.
Dessert Spread! Chiffon cake (heavenly), persimmon slices, apples, strawberries, and non-instant, non-can coffee (even more heavenly).
And the whole gang (note host father bottom row, second from the right, as close to a smile as he'll ever get).