I hope you all had a great holiday weekend! With the Fourth of July celebrations now behind us, summer is really here. At least the calendar says so. We’ve had so much rain and fog in Tennessee that I’m beginning to wonder if the season will ever make its appearance!
In June, I escaped to Tokyo—where my husband and I were mostly lucky weather-wise in what should have been their rainy season. This was taken from the new Sky Tree building.
I couldn’t speak the language or read signs. And I feared my first visit to Asia might prove too much of a challenge. But by the end of that trip, I’d realized I could fit in, and thrive, anywhere in the world. It was a life-changing realization for someone who’s not normally that adventurous.
On this second trip—much has changed in almost two decades!—there were plenty of escalators, and every toilet, even in unexpected places, was a Toto brand (sigh of pleasure) with state-of-the-art electronics. I wish I had one in my home.
But, no sense staying in a hotel room all day. I was off to see the sights. This is one of the many sweet little pocket parks in Tokyo dedicated to children, some of whom, sadly, haven’t survived. Their statues wear little knitted caps and aprons.
And, really, what trip would be complete without a visit to a Cat Café? There are several in Tokyo—for hedgehogs too!—but this cafe overlooks one of the busiest intersections in the world.
Beyond the different sights we saw, though, it was the people, so welcoming and eager to please, among them the friends we visited, that made these experiences so memorable.
I’m back now in the U.S.—and, as always, glad to be home. Here’s to sunny skies. And again, Happy Birthday, America!
What are your summer plans? A cross country trip? Lounging by the pool? A stay-cation at home?
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