I finally got to have the ultimate Pika Pika experience a few weeks ago with the ultimate veteran cute-pie (last time we scheduled a pika date they were closed). It's amazingly fun, and luckily Ashley is a pro at navigating the machines - she says she doesn't speak Japanese, but you wouldn't know it judging by the way she poked at the foreign keyboards with mellifluous aplomb. And our cardigans perfectly complemented one another.
The semester is almost over - I just have two large projects to complete over the next two weeks and then I shall officially welcome summer with a big picnic by the lake.
*update: Ashley sent me some more properly-scanned photos, including some new ones I didn't have! Peace!