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Also, I did this thing today where we go in and tell the local grade-schoolers about where we’re from, and they were terrifyingly cute. They had costumes and had memorized a dance and gave us strings of about a million origami cranes. I have hung mine up on a hook on the ceiling, but I’m going to need to find a better way to display it.

I didn’t have time to do my presentation, since the Canadian guy’s was really long, but I will be going back next Friday to teach the ten-year-olds of Okazaki all about fried squirrel brains, the stupid hats at the Kentucky Derby, and how you have to swear you’ve never fought a duel before you can become a lawyer. It is possible that my idea of what others should know about my native land is not the most common one.