Tomoka posted another entry on her blog about her US trip.
Her first night in NJ she planned to go with Misaki to NYC but there was a local bus strike and she knew of no other route. They ended up having somebody pick them up and drive them there-and-back.
They were taught a different route via bus to train and did that the next day for shopping."I realize there are a lot of Japanese in New York."
"I realized the strong yen, too. Ohata was hit on many time on the streets (LOL)."
The Japanese call trying to pick up girls on the street "nanpa" which is the word she uses here.
She said night came fast and then they went to Itsuki Yamazaki's restaurant to hear old senpai stories in Japanese and to "...put delicious Japanese food in my body."
She said she got to bed at 6AM, and woke up at 8AM for the aiport. She doesn't remember the flight back to Chicago where they took their transfer flight as she slept through it.
On her flight from O'Hare to Narita she also watched "Karate Kid 2" and the "Devil Wears Prada" just like Ayumi. She explains why: those were the only two movies with Japanese subtitles. She said Misaki sat next to her playing video games the whole time.
She said the above was a illustrated panel given to her by a fan, and she was surprised to see it spit water from its mouth."I'm so fortunate!"