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13 October 2015 @ 07:05 pm
making me happy - extra post  
After yesterday's post, I realized there was some serious "making me happy" that had happened recently which I forgot to mention.

I was selected to be a chaperone for the high school band trip to Japan!!!

The high school band takes a big trip every other summer. My daughter is a sophomore and in both concert band and jazz band. She's in Honors Concert Band and is thus "trip-eligible". When they announced the trip was Japan, I was probably more interested than she was. So we're both in. As is my wife, who was in right away because she's a doctor. It's a family trip to Japan!

When I was young, I lived in what I liked to think were Japanese neighborhoods between the age of 5 and 9 (two years near LA, two years near Miami). All my friends had Japanese surnames - Ikegami, Nishida, Tsujimura. It might not have really been Japanese neighborhoods, but that's my recollection. And I don't have any specific memories, but I trace my fondness for Japan and Japanese culture to those days.

I've been wanting to go to Japan for years and years but never had "excuse". Well, now I do! And I am so there. It will certainly be an awesome trip.

June 2016. Counting the months.
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Dorothy Winsordawtheminstrel on October 14th, 2015 11:20 am (UTC)
That sounds terrific! I've never been to Japan, though my husband has gone several times for work. It'll be interesting to see the kids reacting too. Lucky you.
jeffsoesbe: bald man thinkingjeffsoesbe on October 14th, 2015 03:50 pm (UTC)
Cool! Any advice from the travel-savvy husband? We are going to Tokyo, somewhere near Fuji, Kyoto, and Hiroshima.
Dorothy Winsordawtheminstrel on October 14th, 2015 11:36 pm (UTC)
I asked my husband and he had less advice than observations. He said he had trouble reading the signs because not only did he not know the language, but also he could interpret the characters. He said to try a fast train if you can. He liked that. That's about it. He advised going with someone who speaks Japanese. :-)