I am, as they say, "back at the desk"; after spending time with my family during a hard time, I am back home in Japan, at my desk and ready to get back to work.
Despite the circumstances, it was good to be with my dad. I think this photo sums it all up:
After weeks of being at home during this difficult time, my dad wanted to get out and do something together. We attended a football game (my first!) with friends, family, and a Japanese sock monkey named Ono-kun (more on him later).
In retrospect, it wasn't even about football or who won the game. It was about spending time together as a family. Does this mean that we all are now fine? No, it doesn't. It means that we have hope that we someday will be.