Salwa and I met at Makuhari-Hongo Station at around 10am (the plan was to meet at 9am, but she was late due to taking the wrong train) - I was coming from Asakusa while Salwa was only just coming back from her host family's place, if I remember it right. Anyway, we wanted to go early because the last time I went with Shida, we arrived at 11am and lined up all noon, just to be told that we had to come back for dinner ^^;
This time the crowd wasn't so bad when we arrived, though, and we ended up being among the first to be let in once they opened for lunch.
The gyoza wasn't bad - my favourite would still be Tenkaichi's, but Keikarou's gyoza are huge and satisfying ^^. We saw someone at a nearby table with chilli prawns, which had Salwa salivating, so we ordered that as well. I think I enjoyed the food a lot more this time, compared to my previous trip to Keikarou!
The best part of the Keikarou trip, for me, was Aiba's mom, of course. She's still really kakkoii, and she talked to us for a bit when we were paying for our food and some of the new phone straps (Salwa and I both got a strap for ourselves, and I got an extra for Illy). We told her that we've been to Keikarou before, separately, and when she asked why we're in Japan this time we told her that it was for Arashi's concert. She asked if it was the Fukuoka con.
US: Yeah, it was.
HER: Sho-kun's birthday?
US: Yes! We were really lucky to catch that. It was fun.
HER: *gesturing, indicating a miniskirt while grinning* Cosplay?
US: *laughing and nodding* That, too.
I was wondering what she thought of Aiba's cosplay, so I suppose the fact that she seemed so very amused is the answer XD. She asked where we were from, and when we answered, she commented that we must be so unused to the cold, since Malaysia's so hot. They had pictures of Langkawi (with notes scribbled on them) hung in the restaurant, so we suspect that she, or another member of the Aiba family, have vacationed here before!