Day 744

1. All of the cute store merchants who speak a few words of English to me as they ring up my purchase.  I always speak the VERY limited Japanese I know (i.e., “kudasai” [please] and “arigato” [thank you]), and most people say “arigato” in return.  But a few young women have said “thank you” back to me (in quiet voices), and one even said, “Have a nice day” (in a more confident tone).  Aw, what a sweetheart.  Hearing even four words of English spoken directly to me is quite lovely.

2. Spending the day walking around Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

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3. …and spending the night taking in the bright lights of the big city.

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