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Hello, Japan

I have no idea why, but these flights to Tokyo seem so short. Despite staying up the night before I only managed to sleep for five of the twelve hours we spent on the plane. The rest of the time was spent entertaining the four year old next to me with magic tricks, reading her book about Disney princesses, and showing her how to draw on the computer.

The girl next to Todd slept in the most interesting position I've ever seen. Defying age old Japanese Etiquette, I took a picture for you.

Once we took the bus to Tokyo we were met by Blair, the guy renting us a room. Our room last year was fine, but nothing exceptional. This year we have a huge room with two beds, a couch, a TV, and a mini fridge. It's like a little hotel room. The rest of the house has a nice kitchen, living room, dining room, and bathroom shared by the rest of the residents.

Happy Birthday

On Point B

In celebration of Mike's 50th B-day, we enjoyed a fabulous dinner with Duke and Loree at "Why Not?" Bistro & Wine Bar. The salmon lasagna was to die for, and I've never tasted a better (nor seen a bigger) Caesar salad. Oh, and the ice cream...I'm not a huge ice cream fan, but this is Graeter's caliber, as far as I'm concerned. To date, I've tried the Pistachio, Mango, Forest Berry, and Nutella flavors. It reminds me a little of that place that Mark and Bevin took us in Delaware, Ohio—Ollie's, I think. Mike and Loree both ordered the chocolate mousse, which was also fantasical.

Prosecco and dessert at "Why Not?"

Mike on his birthday morning

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