This diary entry is part 28 of 35 in Lily's diary dated 13 - July 2022

Hi! It’s me! Lily!

OMG that was fun!!!

I got my days mixed up.  We did have a free day today, but this evening we went to Akihabara and saw an AKB48 concert!  It was so much fun!  Liz even got a glow stick!!!    They sang all their fun songs!! Oogoe Diamond!  Sakura no Hanabiratachi! Heavy Rotation!!!  Liz was having a blast!  I like them but I was just kind of along for the ride.  I’ve seen their theater before on videos but never in person!!! I even saw the famous pillar!!!

She didn’t see her favorite idols, but that’s okay!  She saw a concert!!!

Akihabara has so many lights at night too!!!

Ai doesn’t really like AKB48 but she doesn’t not like them either, she was kind of just hanging out with us.  But I think she had fun.

Otherwise, I just went to a garden this morning and sat on a bench and had some quiet time.  You know, Emiko is right.  Dave and Sabby are my parents now.  They’re all my family, and my other friends are my family too, and I love them, but this is a part of my heritage too.  I’m half-Japanese.  Maybe I don’t believe in Shinto or Buddhism or Confucianism or any of that stuff, but it’s a part of my heritage, and certainly some of my ancestors did, and even do.  It’s important to connect with that, even if it’s not the most important thing in the world to me.  Sometimes when I’m sitting in the garden I can feel the kami calling to me, saying that I belong, that I’m home.

Well, I’m only half home.  But I’m home, nonetheless.

Tomorrow we’re going to go to the Japanese immigration office and see if someone has some evidence of who I was previously.  Maybe they won’t, but obviously someone has records somewhere, and it will be good to know.  Then, on Friday afternoon…  back to Austin.

Ai wants to come to Texas before school starts August 31, and I told her she’s welcome.  She’s going to talk about it with her parents.  She was happy too because her school ended the Friday I left (Usually it’s July 20 but I guess Marine Day threw a wrench in the timing) so she got a vacation along with me too!!!  Ai’s not my sister, but she’s better than my sister!  She’s my cousin!!!  All of my sisters except Aika and Mika are sisters by choice, but Ai is an actual honest to kami relative!!!  I don’t need a sister when I’ve got a cousin!!!  So I might be in an odd position of having Jack and Ai coming over at the exact same time!!!  But that’s alright.  I think as long as I have one or two evenings alone with Jack, he’ll be okay with whatever.  And I’ll have my license too!!!  I’m sure we’ll work it out.  I’ll show her a real waterpark.  Hahaha!!!

What a busy August it will be!!!  I can’t wait!!!

Well, goodnight!!!

Love you all!!! ❤

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