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A Sayonara Party--and a Close Shave
(Sun., Sep. 2, 2001)

Note: These log entries cover the days leading to the start of my Aki Meguri. You can read more about the entire experience starting at the Aki Meguri Guide.

Today was my "sayonara party," with over 60 people gathered in Nippori Minami Koen. (Yes, Kelso*, my party was in South Park.) We did the usual--ate, drank, and were merry.

Then the real fun began. My friends applied trimmer and razor to my head et voila! Now I look even scarier than before.

I'm still packing and cleaning for Tuesday's early departure, so the rest of this page is made up of pictures of the affair. If you came, THANKS! If you couldn't, here's what you missed.

Some of my oldest friends in Japan: Some students and staff from Aeon Minamiguchi School, my first teaching assignment here.

Some of my newest friends in Japan: Students from JFITS, one of the contracts I recently finished for Aeon.

One of my youngest friends: Ryunosuke and his mom Yoko, with whom I worked at Shibuya for nearly two years.

Going...Yumi works on the "do," as Megumi, Taro, and Shie look on.

Going...Mr. Ui, my manager at Aeon's Corporate Division for the last 2-1/2 years, shows his hitherto-unknown skills as a barber. Stu, Megumi, Taro, Shie (hidden), Masami, and Naoko wait their turns (as barbers, not customers).

Going...Shintani-san, my first Aeon manager, always told me I shouldn't shave my head when I taught at the school. But now?

GONE! Still a bit shy, I hide the new "do" under my new hat as I pose with (l to r) Simeon, Yumi, and Shie.

*Minami Koen means "South Park." My friend and colleague Greg Kelly was a huge South Park fan, and quoted it constantly. He can be forgiven; it was 2001!

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Posted September 22, 2019

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