I’m on my way! After 11 hours in the air we land in Tokyo on a sparkling winter afternoon. It’s a bit lonely here in the airport–part of me is still somewhat unbelieving that I’m going to be gone for so long, I already miss the people I love (and routinely take for granted)!

Here in the airport is a wonderful hands-on station where you can make your very own Ukiyo-e prints! So, I jump in and with the assistance of lovely kimono-clad teachers make a print called Beauty Looking Back by Moronobu Hishikawa.  I may not be a beauty but the title captures how I feel this evening.