On Friday night, I had my going-away party with my Board of Education. My office bought me a traditional Japanese paper umbrella (å’Œå‚˜ – wagasa) for my going away present. The paper is coated with some sort of oil-based water proofing and is hand-made in Nakatsu. Apparently, there are only a few artisans left in Japan who still make these traditional umbrellas, so it is very special.
I also got to see my friend Chie, who is from Nakatsu originally and now a university student in Tokyo. She was back in Nakatsu for a few days before heading back to Tokyo. The picture is of Chie and I posing under my new paper umbrella.