Today was my 24th year anniversary since being born, and 4th year anniversary of living to see March 13th fall on a Friday. They have the same superstitions here in Japan about Friday the 13th, but none affected me. Conveniently, Futoshi was in Murakami and graciously gave me a ride to Niigata City immediately after I got out of school. We went back to the delicious sushi place with Jenelle, Sim, and Cus. If you go on a birthday, they make a sushi ‘roll cake,’ or the hugest maki I have ever seen, garnished with sparkler (firework) candles. Futoshi and Jenelle were TOO nice in making this one of the best birthdays I’ve had. After stuffing ourselves silly with raw fish, wasabi, and rice, we made our way to Northern lights where they came out with an ACTUAL birthday cake!!