- of what we like about this place - the mountains, safety, fresh air, cleanliness, shrines and temples, polite people, quaintness, convenience, etc.
- of quirky Japanese things that no longer seem that weird to us - like excessive bowing, foot onsens, people running after you to return something you meant to leave and people ignoring you because you're foreign (except for old ladies who shamelessly ask questions), and cute old men with their towels and getas heading up to the sento/onsen for their bath.
- and that we actually do understand, speak and read a little Japanese now.
Our town's Buddha
Rolling out dough for soba noodles.
The "strip" in our town. Too bad you can't quite see the Japanese on the Denny's and McDonald's signs.
Thanks for coming, T!