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We`d arranged a quick visit Tokyo to meet up with various friends, a trip which involved us splitting up at Yokohama to go in differnt directions for a day, me staying with Sugiura sensei and my wife and son staying with some other friends that had recently transferred back to Japan from the UK. I was still a little sore from the "hernia, not hernia, maybe hernia" so I reluctantly left my keiko gi behind, which in a way was a blessing not having to lug it all around as I wondered around Shinjuku for the afternoon, but was a shame as I wouldn`t be practicing with Nojima Sensei.
I`d taken the decision that I would attempt at least one practice in Japan, but if I was only going to get one half chance, it would have to be with Nakao Sensei. Still I went to Keiko at the Honcho dojo, a few surprised faces, and good to watch, if not frustrating not being able to partake. It`s always interesting to watch from the sidelines, seeing how people have changed, but I just wanted to get on join in .
After keiko it was back to Sugiura Sensei`s house for a slap up feast of shabu shabu. "We mustn`t leave anything" he said, as he was off on his annual business trip to Germany two days later, the very same trip that he was going to visit us in England, but unfortunately, we double booked our respective trips and today was the onl;y chance we had to meet, still, the fridge was stocked with beer and the glasses were in the freezer............ "kampai, mata rai nen".