I made some new friends over the holidays and we had a very pleasant day in the Togane area. We went for sushi in Oami and my plan was to take them for strawberry picking after that. Unfortunately we were not able to do that but we bought two large boxes of "peach strawberries" and enjoyed them on the way to Yoshiko-sensei's house. There we enjoyed a peaceful tea ceremony and of course delicious Japanese sweets. My new friends went back to Atlanta, New York and Los Angeles and I'm afraid they're not enjoying the low temperatures and bad weather there. I hope to see them again in the near future.