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After tasted many Japanese specialties for a year, I wanted to give the opportunity to taste dishes from Tunisia to my Japanese friends. This is why I organized my farewell party in a Tunisian restaurant in Tokyo.
Sunday, April 29, 2012, in Harajuku – Tokyo was held my farewell party. One week to the day before I will leave Japan for France. I assure you, I will return to Japan Tuesday, July 3, 2012. It is therefore an absence of only two months.
A farewell party at the Oriental charm:
After tasting and discovering so many Japanese specialties, I really wanted to offer this opportunity to my friends to discover dishes from my home country, Tunisia. I was lucky because I knew a Tunisian restaurant in Harajuku – Tokyo called Hannibal. I know this place because I visited it two times in the past and have enjoyed its atmosphere and its typical Tunisian decorations.
So I went to see his owner and I booked the place for a group of more than twenty people. At the dinner menu, we had: Tunisian sald, Shorba (soup), Couscous with Chicken, Dessert and Tunisian mint tea. Everything ended with a shisha of lemon flavor for those who wanted to try it.
Japanese, Gaijin and me: this is just a goodbye
We were 24 people in total at the party. I would have loved to meet all the people I had the opportunity to meet since my arrival in Japan. Unfortunately it was not possible due to space but also because in Japan, April 29, 2012 was the beginning of Golden Week (week of vacation for Japanese). Many of my friends were travelling at that time.
Never mind, we spent a pleasant evening, we laughed a lot, ate a little and enjoyed the atmosphere.
It’s always nice to see that people really appreciate you, come to say goodbye and spend a good evening with you. By cons, and this is one of the things I like least about travelling, is when it comes time to say goodbye to all his new friends.
Travelling is good, you meet new people, discover new cultures, new foods, new landscapes, you make new friends. But there is a day when it ends and we must say goodbye to all of that and return to the reality of everyday life.
Well, it is not yet fully my case, since I will return to Japan on Tuesday, July 3, for two years at least, if I can get my student visa. I know already that when I come back, I could count on the many friends I made here in Japan.
I look forward to returning to Japan soon! And thank you to everyone who came at this farewell party and to those who wanted to come but could not.