Next up...Sasebo! The clinic went well although there were fewer patients then Iwakuni. Sasebo is a beautiful place with rolling green hills that meet the water and gorgeous sunsets. The base is pretty small. We had a mini-adventure getting there since I thought Nagasaki and Sasebo were on the same train line. They’re not!
So, in Sasebo, I went out with a former medical school classmate who’s a GP right now. He and his friend Edgar took me out to the most delicious yakitori place, followed by a karaoke bar where they had bottle service. The bottle service concept confused me at first. I thought, “Wait, we’re about to spend $250 on a bottle in a random bar on a Thursday night?” No, thank goodness! They frequent this bar and they buy a bottle of alcohol at wholesale cost. Then, each time they go, they pay a flat fee of 800Y and they can drink as much as they want from their bottle. We stayed out until midnight, which was later than I was expecting but a lot of fun. To finish off the evening, we went to “Ra-ra ramen,” which was so good! I can't wait to take SMS and see if he thinks it's better than his L.A. spot! Then I took a cab back to the hotel while Edgar and Scott walked back to their apartments off-base.
The next morning, I was sleepy but I had one patient and then we were off. The corpsman and I went off to Hiroshima for the evening before heading back on Saturday.