After posting last night, I went to visit Kawagoe-san at Ichiryu for a bowl of Hakata-style tonkotsu and to reminisce about the past few weeks.
After today, Harada-san and Yamagata-san will be heading back to Fukuoka to resume a life of hard work and determination. I got a chance to meet them one last time for lunch to say goodbye and thanks for everything. We spent a good hour at a nearby hamburger steak restaurant talking about our futures and hoping that at some point our paths will cross again. In case you were wondering, I chowed down on this mushroom and mustard sauce hamburger steak.