Saying Goodbye = Eating our Feelings

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This lovely smiling lady is Rina, and she is pictured here receiving one sneak hug from behind from Jess. Rina lived on our floor in the Kitazano building and we became friends thanks to her decision one night to just knock on some doors and introduce herself. She’s really awesome and sweet and unfortunately for us, she just moved out!

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We had a farewell dinner for Rina at a restaurant in Itabishi of Rina’s choosing. She picked a yakiniku restaurant, which means we barbecued our own food! The walls on the walk up the stairs feature images of dudes like this one, carrying/dancing with flames.

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You start by ordering a plate of raw meat and vegetables. (Or if Rina is with you, she orders, because she’s wonderful.)

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The next step is simply placing some food on the barbecue and letting it cook for a bit.

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It’s fun and really delicious.

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The only thing better than round 1 is round 2… or 3…

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We got a nice farewell group picture together before Sora headed home.

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Later we surprised Rina with a cake! It’s says “Valentine’s Day” because Valentine’s Day happened to be the next day… all the same it was delicious!

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Then Rina helped Jess make chocolates for her friend for Valentine’s Day. In Japan, women give men chocolate on Valentine’s Day and oftentimes they make the chocolate themselves.

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It’s cool though because the men are supposed to return the favor on White Day, which occurs one month later and dictates that men are supposed to reciprocate with gift-giving.

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About Christine Boegemann

A recent graduate with a BA from Temple University's Film and Media Arts Program, Christine Boegemann has spent her undergrad years working to foster creative growth everywhere she could find it – in herself and others. Her list of college activities include working in working at Temple's film lab, acting as VP for a student organization that produces its own short films and film festivals, and serving as head of art department for a sketch show called Temple Smash. She has interned at two VFX houses - one in Manhattan, New York and the other in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She also studied abroad in India in the summer of 2012 as a member of the 2012 cohort of the Vira I. Heinz (VIH) Program for Women in Global Leadership. She spent spring 2013, her final semester, studying art and animation in Tokyo, Japan. During her time there, she worked as a photo blogger for Temple Study Abroad. She also worked as a conversation host at an English café in Shibuya. Now back in the US, Christine is currently working as a producer for the feature film, The Youth Washed Up. She is also continuing work on her own independent project rooted in sharing the work and experiences of women she met during her time in India.

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