officially a tourist

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I am officially a tourist in Japan. Jana, Annie, and I went to Mito where Jana and I switched over our visas. I went from an instructor to a visitor. I have no job and no purpose right now. It is a strange feeling.
We also went to the bank and closed our accounts. Then it was to the post office where we informed them we were moving and gave them our addresses. The final stop was at the Town Hall where we informed them of our visa change. (This was important because we don’t want to pay next years bills…now we won’t have to.)
After we finished that, we went back to our apartments and relaxed before we headed out for the ‘goodbye’ party. We went to a yakiniku restaurant with Beth and Kevin. Two of the new ALTs, Nick and Lydia, joined us. A yakiniku restaurant specializes in cooked meat. We had tomatoes wrapped in bacon, asparagus wrapped in bacon, garlic and chicken, and so much more. We also of course took advantage of the happy hour. We spent the night talking about our lives in Japan, giving advice to Nick and Lydia, and simply having a good time. We knew that it was going to the last time that we were all together in Japan and we wanted to make the most of it.
Our last stop of the night was at Ban Ban karaoke (across the street from the restaurant). Nick and Lydia thought we would like to spend the time with each other so they said goodbye and left us to sing. We sang for three hours and had a blast. The final song of the night was Part of Your World sung by Andrea and Kevin and it was the prefect way to end the night. We all got a bit teary eyed. It was sad to say goodbye but I know I will be seeing everyone again.
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