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Yasu Highlights

For those of you that don’t know, Yasu was my upstairs neighbour when I lived in rural Japan. However, we never actually spoke to each other  – I didn’t know she existed, and she was too shy to approach me – you know, scary foreigner alert. The day Yasu moved out of our tiny apartment complex, she left a letter on my doorstep:

Ms Anisa
I am Yasuko from upstairs.
I wanted to always talk with you.
But I will move on April 30 to next village.
The new address is Nishiawakura village.
If you don’t mind, could you hang out with me sometime?
I am really bad at English, but I hope we could be good friends.

And the rest is history. During my last six months in Japan, Yasu and I became inseparable. And when I eventually moved to the city, she came to visit me. Recently, Yasu spent 10 days in New Zealand. Here are the highlights:
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Here I am stealing S’s car for our upcoming roadies.
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Hotel Anisa.
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Castle Hill desu.
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Akaroa desu.
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Yasu hugely appreciated NZ cheese!
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This scenery reminded us a little of our old home in Higashiawakura (see below).
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Another day, another picnic, Hanmer Springs Desu.
Yasu 2.0 coming soon…

Our Japanese Guests’ Day Two

On day two we went to Akaroa and it was such a nice day and such a fun time that it turned out to be our guests’t highlight. So far! As in, don’t go away yet, there’s much more to come.
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I’m so predictable. Kapiti black doris plum and creme fraiche is my faveeeee.
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Treated myself at the gift-store! Sooo cute, right?
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Ugly but delicious.Processed with VSCO with c3 presetGosh, I love NZ apricots! So did our guests. This is because apricots, alongside some other produce (such as good cheese, brown bread and beetroot) are hard to come by in Japan.
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This has got to be the funniest photo. Here’s Yuko and her husband awkwardly agreeing to a photo by my crazy dad as Juri takes yet another selfie!Processed with VSCO with c3 preset
Beautiful Yuko.
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The small houses in Akaroa are so adorable. Soroosh? Let’s go. Processed with VSCO with c3 preset
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Last but not least, a great Kiwi lunch: battered fish, squid rings, onion rings, L&P and Wattie’s tomato sauce.

Fush And Chups

Fish and chips are NZ fast food. Australians poke fun at New Zealanders for supposedly pronouncing it as “fush and chups” and we do the opposite, saying Australians say “feesh and cheeps” which, they do. In my opinion, and apparently the opinion of others (according to their sign) Akaroa does the best fish and chips in the world. Oh how I wish you could have tasted it too. We had fresh battered Hoki. And the ice-cream (my favourite of all time) is Black Doris plum and creme fraiche by Kapiti, NZ’s best dairy people.
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