I wanted to put the title as "Farewell Party With Matsuda Sensei" initially, but I found out that we gossiped so much on the night, that it would be more fitting to replace it with "gossip session" instead haha! Since all of us will be separating, going to different places very soon, we thought about having a dinner together with our Japanese language teacher, Matsuda Sensei, who taught us during our first two years in kosen for one last time. We actually did a farewell party in the classroom during our last class with her early last year, but it was just eating snacks and soft drinks. This time, it was a more proper party. Matsuda Sensei, who lives in Niigata, drove all the way down to Nagaoka for this dinner, held at a nearby Japanese restaurant - Satomi in Kawasaki. All nine but two (Yan Kuang and Sodo) of our batch members made it to this gathering.lah guys, technical mistake haha wtf!After the long wait, Matsuda Sensei finally arrived, while bringing some stuff for us!
Matsuda Sensei gave us a big ang pao wooott!! At the same time, she did a Karam Singh Walia pose haha!She asked who was the 幹事 (kanji), which means the "coordinator" of the dinner, and everyone went blur haha! That's because the pronunciation is similar to that of 漢字 (Japanese characters) and 感じ (feeling). So, she took out a pen and a piece of paper, and write the word for us. Not bad, having dinner with sensei also still can learn Japanese language haha!So, the reason she asked who was the organiser is because she wanted to hand over her big ang pao. It's just as an expression of gratitude for inviting her over for the dinner.Sakura mochi is a sweet pink mochi filed with red bean paste (angko), and covered with a leaf of sakura. It used to be available at certain seasons during the olden days but now, it is available throughout the year. The sakura leaf is usually pickled in salt water, which gives the mochi a sweet and salty taste when we take a bite on it. All the sakura leaves had fallen now, so these leaves were actually preserved from the leaves collected from the sakura season one year ago.Every one's stomachs had signaled to us to make our orders, so we took the menu and started to make our pick straight away.
Let me tell one funny story, but you won't find it funny unless you understand Japanese. Never mind, I will explain the two terms first. 持ち帰り (mochi-kaeri) means "take-out" or "tapao", while 持ち込み (mochi-komi) means "bring-in", mostly used during exams where it means "open-book exam". Ridzuan wanted to make a take-out order for our junior in the dormitory, but he wasn't sure if the restaurant provides such service. So, he asked the waitress.「持ち込みの注文は出来ますか」(Can I make a "bring-in" order?") haha wtf!lah, okay?
Matsuda Sensei is really good in imitating a person's way of talking and gestures. Here, she was so angry at one junior who had lost his homework haha!
Muazam, my ex-roommate last year. He revealed that he prefers cute and kawaii girls. I hope he doesn't kill me for mentioning it here haha!By the way, I bet not many people would imagine that Matsuda Sensei has a special interest for dancing during her free-time. She usually does ballroom dance, and even participates in national level competitions. But all this while, despite us insisting her to inform us if there are any competitions she joins, she never wanna invite us to attend them because she said her dance is too poor for us to watch haha! Anyway, there was one time when her picture appeared in a local newspaper, in which she only realised that it was her after taking a second look lol! Due to our long chatting session, which lasted more than three hours, we were the last group of people to remain at the restaurant. Nevertheless, we had great fun with Matsuda Sensei. Finally, before we leave the place, we had one final group picture with Matsuda Sensei.