Things have been a little quiet on the blog front lately, but for very good reasons. In late September I went back to America for two weeks, for both a visit home and to attend my mother's art opening. I have a strong mischevious streak, and didn't actually tell my parents I was coming home. Luckily their shock was quickly overcome with joy at seeing their wayward first-born show up on the doorstep. I hadn't been back since I left for Japan in March of last year, so it had been a while since we had seen each other in a non-skype capacity.
The opening itself was amazing, with beautiful art in every corner and plenty of people milling about singing my mom's praises. She had turned out some fantastic work in the past year and a half, and it was a pleasure to experience all these new paintings first hand.
I also had the chance to catch up with my Aunt, who flew in from Hawaii, and my cousin from Seattle that I hadn't seen in ages. We had a bit of a mini family reunion, which was very nice. Topping all that off with plenty of non-Japanese food and I had a great two weeks.
Some photos will follow, but I am still a bit backed up processing Korea photos, and I have some from a visit to Ishikawa as well as festival photos from Maebashi to deal with too. I have been pretty busy lately, which gives plenty of blog material, but not much time to actually write everything up!