Today I was fortunate enough to eat lunch with several lovely ladies (and one lovely lady’s lovely husband) who were a major part in my decision to come to Japan. They are, as pictured about left to right: (me), Chisato, Tomoko, Chie, and Izumi. These four have been some of my best friends for several years now, and truly made my OC experience a lot of what it was. In America I admired their courage to be able to step out of their culture and experience a new place and new people for all it was worth, and here I appreciate so much their help and empathy as I am struggling to the same as they did years ago. They have taught me so much about friendship and fun, and I am grateful to God for putting them in my life. I think anyone who knows them would agree.

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