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March 1 – Iku

Iku is a friend of ours. She’s a university student from Taiwan who speaks multiple languages, including English and Japanese. She’s a fixture in the Tokushima foreigner community. Most people at least know of her. Actually, I should say she WAS a university student because she graduated and took her Japanese national pharmacy licensing exams and now, while she waits for the results, she has to return to Taiwan. Tonight, after first show for the musical, we all gathered at McDonald’s for one last meal with our beloved Iku…to share stories, hugs and tears. Even if she possess her national exams, she probably won’t be returning to Tokushima…she’ll be moving on to Okinawa and we’re going to miss her terribly.

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I really hate goodbyes. Have I mentioned that?

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