Japan 'O6: The Tamori's and Kunitachi
Cleansing Inhale It was raining when we landed and after an eleven hour trip in economy, well, one would need a little break. Our clocks are upside down and as determined as we were not to give in to a nap lest we not adjust to the local time we barely kept each other awake. We were also two hours late to meet the Tamori's, our gracious hosts for the evening and most of the next day. They had arranged for our eventual hotel but for tonight we were staying at their son, Atsushi's, apartment in Kunitachi.
After more train rides and dragging luggage through rush our train stations (feeling like salmon going against the current there) we finally met up with our hosts. Ahhh, it is so good to see Yozo and Mitchiko again. All smiles and hugs. Enrico had introduced me to this family last year on my first visit and even then they already treated me as if I had known them all along.
Well, wouldn't you know it, the rest of the evening was as pleasant and relaxing as one has a right to. Dinner at local Chinese restaurant which seemed to have stayed the hand of time, housing antiques and constructed in old word wood, with food that was a welcome comfort and feast of tastes. The company was great, the mood was calming. Just what a body needs.
There's more to post and pictures, too. But time is scarce right now--as it is we've explored more of Kunitachi with the Tamori's and later had dinner with the Uesugi's. I am writing this on the morning after our second dinner event already, so there is much to catch up with.
So, good to be back.