All of us venture out for a quick train ride to Osaka Station to meet Matt at Big Man, a jumbotron TV in the station. Matt seems perfectly integrated, wearing his MD player and looking spiffy in suit and tie. All of us walk together to an okonomiyaki restaurant - a kind of pancake with lots of great ingredients, made on a griddle right in the middle of the table. We drink some nama biiru (draft beer) and enjoy the food. Barron and Mariko and family head home, but Matt and I meet with Glen, a fellow teacher from Australia, and head to a bar. After some terrible ordering, we talk and drink a few highballs. At Matt's apartment, we have more whisky and watch TV, taking some time to catch up. Tomorrow is shopping day. Tonight I will sleep on the floor and rest well after being awake for so long. Good night, Japan.
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