How are you? Did you have a nice weekend?
I was scheduled to go to London on Thursday, however, a massive storm
crossed the U.K. and all the trains were cancelled. I had to wait until
Friday to take my trip, and I came back safely on Sunday night.
I think in Japan you count storms with numbers, however, in the U.K. we
give our storms names. The first storm of the year is given a name
starting with "A", the second storm of the year is given a name starting
with "B", the next storm's name starts with "C", etc. etc. The name of the
storm on Thursday was Doris. This means it was the fourth storm this
year. Incidentally, my grandmother's name was Doris!
I arrived in London safely on Friday morning and immediately went to meet
some Japanese acquaintances. We ate at a Japanese restaurant called Miyama
which is run by Japanese people and is very authentic. Here is a picture
of the restaurant and my tonkatsu teishoku...
After lunch, I met another Japanese friend at Notting Hill. One of the
reason's this place is famous is because of the film called Notting Hill
with Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts. Have you seen it? Actually, I've
never seen it! With my friend, I walked down Portobello Road and saw the
famous Portobello Road Market. Here are some pictures of it...
We then took a break for Afternoon Tea. I had carrot cake and a hot apple
drink which had a stick of cinnamon in it. It was so yummy!
In the evening we took various trains to get to an area of London that has
lots of Thai and Vietnamese restaurants. We chose a Vietnamese place and
each got a huge bowl of noodles and a Vietnamese beer. Here we are
I was having lots of fun, but the purpose of my trip was to attend a
meeting on Saturday and Sunday. The meeting was for members of the
committee of JETAA (an Alumni Association for people who have worked as
ALTs or for local governments in Japan). We discussed how to help people
who come back to the U.K. after living in Japan. We hope to support these
people, and give them a bit of Japanese culture in the U.K. too. I was the
newest member of the committee and I didn't know anyone so I was nervous.
I was also daunted because the meeting place was near Trafalgar Square.
All the buildings are so big and it's a really busy area. I thought I was
going to get lost! Here's what you can see when you get out of The Tube
(the underground station) when you arrive at Trafalgar Square...
After the first day of the meeting, we of course went out to eat, and we
went to a Japanese Izakaya. I was so pleased to be able to have one of my
favourite Japanese drinks there...
Here is a picture of our group after we'd finished the drink...!
The second day of the meeting finished in the afternoon so my British
friend met me afterwards and showed me some more sights of London. We ate
lunch in a small, very authentic Japanese restaurant and I had oyakodon.
We look happy after eating, don't we?!...
We then went to The Japan Centre. This is a place that sells lots of
Japanese food and is very popular. It was quite pricey but I couldn't stop
putting things into my basket for my family! You can see a picture of me
outside the Japan Centre at the top of this article, but here's a picture
Finally, we went to the National Portrait Gallery but we only had about 30
minutes to look around (really you need much longer than that) and then I
had to go to the station to go home. During our walk, I saw something
This is Yoda from Star Wars. (I'm a big fan of Yoda!) Can you see that he
is floating in the air? How did the person who is inside the costume float
in the air?! I'll let you wonder about that...!
Thank you to everyone who made my weekend so wonderful. Thank you also to
you all for reading this long article. I hope you enjoyed it and I will
look forward to hearing about your weekend too.
Until next time, take care! Best wishes, from Corrina. ☺️