I ate some refreshing 枇杷（びわ） loquat today, and being prompted to wonder if there was a popular way to eat them, I found some information online. I didn't know that the seeds had amounts of cyanide in them!
In other news, I went to my local sento recently. Relaxing, even in this hot weather. As I was leaving, I noticed a Caucasian lady also using the busy sento. I was half inclined to make a casual comment to her in English, but wasn't sure if she would be disturbed to be addressed while naked (as everyone is).
So I went on my merry way home. That was the first time I visited the sento feeling like I knew what I was doing, and able to look the cashier in the eye. As I left I also said thank you without feeling particularly self-conscious. Milestones!