Sorry for the delayed post. I've been kind of engaged in other activities. Reading that bad pun may have made you wince, but I couldn't help it. I'M ENGAGED!! When I heard him say "I love you" for the first time, I knew it was coming (read on for an explanation later in the post). That was about 2 seconds before the will you marry me part of the proposal, so no I didn't expect the actual proposal at all because he successfully misled me to think it wouldn't be for a long time. To be honest, I'm not sure if "Will you marry me" were the actual words because I was in shock. At least it was a really happy shock :) Here are some highlights from his visit:
"Best dorayaki (like a red bean honey pancake) in Tokyo" in Asakusa. 2x the price of a normal one, but 5x the flavor.
I asked the Asakusa-manju man to let him try out the traveling manju stand. You hold it on your shoulders. He has been doing it for 15 years or so!
This tempura shop, (brown tempura because of sesame oil) has been going strong for over 100 years! Making Okonomiyaki (savory Japanese pancake, they bring you the ingredients and you make it on the iron plate on the table). The man can cook, I want to marry him ;)
1. Take your shoes off to go in.
2. He will be a great roommate but I'll never be able to borrow his shoes.
The pre-engagement shot 1.
Pre engagement shot 2, floor 52 of Sky View in Roppongi.
He met my favorite lunch crew!
Shibuya crossing performance artist- 4000 hugs and counting!
Trying a churro in Japan. PRETTY TASTY. It competes with Costco churros.
Seared raw chicken.
Chicken liver- type of yakitori. Typical pub fare.
Horned shell liver with ponzu gelee.
We know how to eat :)
This photo/face made us laugh for like 10 minutes. I look like my brother. (No offense Noah, even though I was attempting this chubby little man...)
Shark fin dumpling.
Had to have him get a taste of my Hong Kong experience: 1000 year old egg congee.
KIND OF EXCITED!
Fugu (blowfish) tempura sushi. We lived.
The "I love you" part is extra exciting because we didn't say it until we got engaged, to make sure there was a real and lasting commitment behind the "love" part.
In Japan Valentine's is a girl-->guy day, and White Day, on 3/14 is the guy-->girl day. I've been reminding him of this since...last year? He gave me really pretty flowers that are similar to our wedding colors. He got handmade banana hot cocoa cookies dipped in white chocolate, and he's into sakura flavored things (a spring time flavor in Japan, made of cherry blossom leaves) so sakura mochi, and Japanese (green tea, sakura, etc) chocolates. I went for the small boxes since we were eating the equivalent of 5 meals a day. No, I'm not talking about "5 small meals a day" like healthy people are supposed to do... these photos are only a select few shots of it all.
Needless to say, we had a wonderful time and it has felt weird going back to my daily routine right after he left. We're working on wedding plans but nothing is set in stone yet. Speaking of stones...
He spent almost two months designing it! Very well done, I love it!