Hirota-san was in the second class of the Department of International Exchange Studies and I hadn't seen her for ages. She showed up on Thursday and wow--what a great surprise. She says she's working in Dalian, China and she seems to be happy there. She works for an IT company. JIU is organizing a reunion in Dalian on May 26 and I hope she'll be able to attend. For those who have been to my kitchen: she's the one who gave me the cutting board from Germany--the one that's on my wall.