I'm tired. I just returned from a two-week family vacation in Japan and am relaxing (recuperating) at home in Buford. My wife and kids are in Los Angeles, visiting with her parents, and will return home next week. Having been gone for two weeks, I decided I needed to return home and go back to work.
Visiting Japan is very important to our family and this was our third family excursion. My wife was born in Kobe and has extended family in Japan. Our first family trip to Japan was in fall '98. Andrew was almost 18 months and we wanted to show him off. We returned in late '04, when Andrew was seven and Christopher was nearly three. We plan to go again three years from now. Our kids are dual nationals and we feel it's important that they see the Japanese side of their family, appreciate their Mom's heritage, and enjoy what it means to be Japanese.
Like our previous trips, we tried to do as much as we possibly could. I didn't have my laptop with me, so I kept notes in a diary. (Given my hobby of writing, one of these days, I will have to get an Alphasmart.) Within a week, I will begin posting trip notes, presenting it as a daily log of the trip. I hope everyone will enjoy it and the pictures.