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Found my Japanese friend missing for 10 years

Journal Entry: Tue Mar 4, 2014, 8:27 AM





Ok, Ryght, so, around 10 years ago I had a Japanese friend back in High School. He was over as an exchange student for a few months. When he arRyved, we anime lovers kinda heard the news and wanted to check him out.. cos me and my friends were kinda obsessed with Japanese stuff. Somtimes we would even speak gibberish Japanese to be more cool. So anyway I heard about this Japanese fella called Tomoo, he was a year below us and I really wanted to meet him but had no idea how... I have never made friends with a Japanese person before and was kinda nervous, so I just kinda brushed it off. Then one day.. my friend Ming somehow made friends with him and introduced Tomoo to me. I was shaking.. I was sweating.. I didn't know whether I should shake his hands or high 5 or hug or what... At the end I chose to bow, well thats what Japanese do right? So I bowed, I remember bowing and felt stupid after. IreallyhadnoideahowtogreetpeopleandIstilldon't. So eventually we started talking and we became friends, since I live like 3 minutes away from the school he would sometimes come back to my place and play videogames, I remember playing Japanese version Kingdom Hearts with him and asking him what the characters are saying XD We would also watch um.. well we would google.. well we talked about this adult star called Sora Aoi and we started googling.. FINE WE WERE WATCHING PORN OK. It was fantastic having Tomoo around, me and my friends would watch his every move and question if thats what Japanese people do. "Wow he just put eye dropper in his eyes, is that what Japanese people do? woahhh..". "Oh wow he just took off his shirt cos he was warm, is this what Japanese people do?? woahhh" It was a lovely time, but then Tomoo had to leave back to Japan, I remember going to city with him for a final hang out, we took a sticker photo together just me and him, he then told me in Japan only girls take sticker photos. I still laughed at that. And so... the time has come.. he left. Back then Mr Zuckerberg hasn't invented Facebook yet, and Arceus knows why I didn't take down Tomoo's phone number or email. So we just.. lost touch..

After Tomoo's departure, me and my friend Ming would talk about Tomoo somtimes. We would be like "I wonder what Tomoo is doing now." "Does he still remember us?" "Is he still alive?" Its funny how much we talk about him so much eventhough we only met him for a few months XD Like just a few weeks ago we were trying to google him, but what sucks is we FORGOT HIS LAST NAME (fail) so no luck finding him. BUT THEN a few days ago.. Something crazy happened. Ming sent me a message saying he found Tomoo on Facebook, so happen we had a friend in common who went to Japan and met Tomoo and took some photos together. Anyway I dived towards the computer in slow motion, my hands shaking, my heart pounding. And yes there he was. Tomoo on Facebook, he looked exactly the same as how I remembered him (Asians dont age I dont think). It was so magical, it felt a bit like someone died for 10 years and then resurrected to life. So without hesitation I sent him a message asking if he remembers who I was, I REALLY was scared he forgot about me.. I mean its been 10 years.. sure I was a friend to him, but from memory, many people wanted to be his friend cos he was Japanese (He probably still is Japanese now I think about it). And he replied, saying he remembers me and so happy we found each other again. I almost exploded in tears. We then talked about what we did for 10 years, I told him about my life as the leader of the Ryceballs and he told me he became a Policeman after he went back to Japan, but now quit his job to become an english teacher. He told me if I go to Osaka we gotta meet up. I then dug through my memory box and found that sticker photo I took with him and showed him. He laughed and said we looked so young back then.



This is a pic of me 10 years ago by the way, we decided to pick the MANLIEST background we could find to make it less awkward. I also know it doens't look like I aged much, shush. Anyway this concludes the story of how I found my Japanese friend whom I haven't spoken to for 10 years. ^^ I was really really happy hearing from him again, it felt so surRyeal.

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ReverseFrown Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014  Student Photographer
Aw, glad for you Ry c:
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RishuMisu Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014
aww this is so sweettttttttttttt
glad you guys found each otherrrrr:iconspacejunesplz:
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OurHands Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
;w;
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Cairo18 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:) i love this story so much! When my friend moved half away across the country when i was young i was so sad. This summer i moved and the funny thing is that i love like 45 mins away from her now even though it was half way across the country except she has a friend thats on tv and she is popular and I'm still the person hanging out geeing about pokemon and obsessing over My Little Pony.
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pendrakeon Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
:happycry 
Seriously, I don't know why this made me so happy.
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LiterarySkull Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I know whats its like to miss a friend.

When I was a little girl of 5 I met a Chinese girl at elementary school, I never learned what her Chinese name was but in english her name was Joyce. It just so happened me and her would go to the same day care after school. But...I moved away from that city in 3rd grade only to come back in 4th grade (Parents divorce sucks...) and I found out she'd moved away too.

BUT during the last of 4th grade Joyce came back! And me and her graduated Elementary school together in 5th grade in 2009! But, unfortunately due to my parents divorce my mother kept me one weekended for too long and I was unable to say goodbye to Joyce when her family had to move back to china. Me and her, were....we were inseparable. The whole school, the school district knew of our famous friendship. We both grew up so quickly.

I can still remember the day I met her actually...

I haven't seen her since 2009. and I like you, I wonder, "Is she still alive?"
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Ry-Spirit Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
awwwwwww thats so sad. because... well china banned Facebook too :(
So its even harder to find Joyce. Do you rmember her last name?
Theres Renren which is kinda like china's version of FB. but its in chinese... so i duno how registration will go. or whether they will limit it to china residents only.
anyway either way i hope u find your friend!
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LiterarySkull Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I remember China banning Google a long while back. I was unaware they'd also banned Facebook.

But yeah, I still got her last name, Zhang.

Joyce Zhang.

In fact I still got pictures of her and me. Reading this story of yours gave me the will to find those pictures.

And Joyce will forever be my screen saver.

On New Year's eve 2010 I swore I would find her one day.
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Ry-Spirit Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
GOOOOD!!!
DO NOT FORGET THAT FACE. FIND HERRRRR JOYCE ZHANG. FIND HERRRRR
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LiterarySkull Featured By Owner May 25, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I hope I can someday. We met on the very first day of elementary school and we have been best friends ever since...
I just haven't seen her since 2008..

Sometimes i think: "Is Joycie okay? Is she dead? Does she have a home?" and I'll be honest I cry at night whenever I think about her.
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Driven32x Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Student Filmographer
OH MY GOD :iconimdeadplz:  so many years 
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walking-nightmare Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014
ARE YOU SURE THAT WAS 10 YEARS AGO AND NOT 4 OR 5?! O.O
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Ry-Spirit Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
yes. I know. I know haha
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Cauderick-Sama Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
o 3o ... You do realize that you're Asian probably right...? I have no idea which one of them is you in the photo, but both of you guys are for sure, Asian. And, they don't age? xD What. It's just that Asians age slower. Not don't age xD.
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FatLittleSeal Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014
holy sh** 
if only i wasnt a primary kid 10 years ago O_O (checks out ry + friend) 
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AwakenDreams Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014
I've been laughing for ten minutes at that manly background
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momokamisama Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014  Hobbyist
Such a nice story~ congrats Ry!
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Sync-Gaaraluver101 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014
I'm having so many intense feels from reading this cause the same thing happened to me with a childhood friend. :'D I'm happy for you Ry! 
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E-tane Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014
The power of facebook. LULZ. 
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AeRo04 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014  Student Digital Artist
That's Awesome! :D
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m-kins Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
THATS SO CUTE!
I am so glad you two met again!
You have to go to Osaka and see the Cutie...
(I... I... I ship it (#O_O#)...)
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Ry-Spirit Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
#mystiqueshipseverything
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m-kins Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
#dontjudgeme #Sobshysterically #isstillshippingeverything
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Ry-Spirit Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
#cuddlesmystique
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m-kins Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
#purrsgently#
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Ry-Spirit Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
#givesmystiquemilk
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m-kins Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
#drinksthoroughly!
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Ry-Spirit Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
#feelinghappy
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Ichigooneechan66 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Oh, wow! What a story! So glad you are in touch with each other now. I feel very happy reading this! <3
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emuchiya Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014
Wooow reunited that's so great! It's amazing how much we can miss people that we didn't even know for all that long. I have way too many that I do but I'm really bad at keeping in touch, or sometimes rather scared at initiating contact haha. LOL oooomg you still look the same as 10 years ago wow
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oragamiknight Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
this is sooo cool :D XD (And i love the sticker photo) 
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Rurichin Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014
awww that's so sweet! This ryceball is so happy for you :D
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Aurelynne Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Naww, I really love your journals. It's really fun to read your stories~ 

I'm glad you found your friend again!


/lovely picture btw, maxtrick lol
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Oralle08 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Ahh yes one of my friends wandered off back to New Zealand 3 years ago :noes: We still have yet to be reunited . That is, if they can remember me. and hopefully they haven't changed all that much, but I doubt it.
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paul375 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014
Nice
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Orenji--kun Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow what a great story :3
i had a korean friend about 5 years ago, he was cool, back then i didn't has facebook, i tRYed (sorry, i just found that opportunity) to find him after i got facebook, but i couldn't :(
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kazechrno Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014
Pfft that's a lie.  Japanese guys totally take sticker photos.
...with their girlfriend or when under threat from a group of girls.
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sciencevsart Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wonderful; good for you, sir.

"WE WERE WATCHING PORN OK"

LET HE WHO HAS NEVER SEEN SNU-SNU CAST THE FIRST STONE
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Solacen Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great story. Almost sounds like the plot of a short story :P With the way i interact (or lack of interaction) with people ill probably be in the same position of losing track of friends for years some day.
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Ry-Spirit Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
IF ONLY I HAD THESE PRODUCTS 10 YEARS AGO I WOULDVE BEEN ABLE TO KEEP IN CONTACT WITH MY JAPANESE FRIEND.
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goldhedgehog Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
LOL, WHAT THE HELL IS THIS THING DOING ON DEVIANTART
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jinsuke04 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very nice stoRY ~ Glad you found him again. ~_~
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Ry-Spirit Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
dont give up! keep on looking
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hnkmr Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014  Student Digital Artist
look at that Kool Kid Pose (TM) you're striking
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Jmage-Art Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I got to admit I'm a little bit jealous,
I lost contact with my homestay family from Japan in '09
Haven't been able to find them since ):
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Ry-Spirit Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
dont give up ok ^^ keep on looking
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Jmage-Art Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I shall keep hunting! Though it doesn't hurt to ask, do you know of a Manami (21) and Chiharu (19) Kamikawara who use to live or might still live in Satte-shi, Saitama prefecture?
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Ry-Spirit Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
i do not unfortunately. :(
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Jmage-Art Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It's all good, hey are you coming up to Gold Coast/Brisbane for any of the cons?
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