A farewell party…

Day 145:

Today we celebrated and said thanks to Harada-san and Yamagata-san for protecting Bassanova’s legacy for the past year. They will be returning to Fukuoka in less than two weeks where they will finally get a chance to reunite with family and friends that have missed them so much. Aside from the many times I came into Bassanova before I started working there, the past two weeks of being a full-time employee and the 14-hour days of training along side them have been some of the best days of my life. I will miss them and I wish them the best of luck, but I know our paths will cross again in the future.

So for now, kanpai! It’s time to enjoy the night!

While we’re all here, let me introduce you to the rest of Bassanova’s staff. You’ve already met Komuro-san once before. She will hold the official title of shop manager, but we will all be working together in protecting Bassanova.

By ‘we’ I mean the Bassanova three: Myself, Komuro-san, and Sugahara-san. Sugahara-san used to be a professional boxer and man can he throw a punch. His strength may come in handy someday when we have to fend off all the drunks that come in late at night. He probably has the best personality out of all of us, but trust me you do not want to mess with him.

Now let me introduce you to the part-timers that will be helping us along the way. Pictured below is Max. There is so much I would like to say about Max, but for now I’ll just say that he’s some character. His wit is untouchable and the nights that he works are the most exhausting–in a good way of course.

The other two are Noboru-sensei and Shimizu-kun. We call him Noboru-sensei because he’s been working at Bassanova the longest. Shimizu-kun is a spitting image of my friend back home from the way he looks to the way he laughs. It’s a bit trippy. These three are all great guys and I hope they decide to stick around for awhile.

I also must mention that this party was held at nearby Ichiryu where Kawagoe-san (right) cooked up some amazing food. Sure he’s one of our competitors, but we’re all friends in the world of ramen.

Woah, a surprise visit from Mr. Nandenkanden himself! No f****ng way!!

Thank you Harada-san and Yamagata-san. Your presence will surely be missed!

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