Last week I went to a takoyaki party (a takoyaki is a fried or grilled ball-shaped snack usually filled with squid, green onion and some other stuff ) arranged for students living in certain apartment buildings. The purpose was to let the students there get an easier time getting to know other students living in the same respective building.
At my table sat one guy from Shanghai and another Chinese-speaking man from either Taiwan or China (irritating enough I can’t remember!) and last but not least: the very pleasant and funny Anna from Sweden! Anna doesn’t live in the same building though (and she has already graduated) but they probably put her at our table out of consideration for me. Despite us both being Swedish we basically only spoke in Japanese so the four of us at the table could participate in the ongoing conversation at all times. We spoke mostly about games and series since that was a shared interest among all of us.
At first I didn’t feel like going to the party since I believed it would be more fun to hang out with my usual friends, but I’m so glad I went because it really was super fun. Not only did I make some new awesome friends, I also got to taste takoyaki for the first time. Moreover I got to make the takoyaki myself which was very fun. Additionally, it was all-you-can-drink and everything was, once again, free! Gosh, I really love this school…
After the takoyaki party me and Anna went to an international pub included in a chain called “The Hub”, where we met up with a bunch of friends. Except talking with Anna and some classmates, I talked a lot with two super nice Singaporeans and later on some very funny Japanese people who shared the same table. Yet again another evening was added to my list of “Awesome evenings in Osaka”, wonderfully enough they just keep adding up!