It's good to get the facts straight.
The last several days have been so wonderful. Having lost my childhood for so long, it's wonderfully emotional to reconnect to my Japanese little girl. We rode the Shinkansen up to Nagano and rented a car and drove to Nojiri lake. I grew up coming to Nojiri every summer. We had a cabin on the mountain overlooking the lake. The last cabin we owned caught on fire in 1997 and a young girl and her dog died in the fire. It was very emotional seeing the property without our house on it. The tragic loss of life and emotions of being here as a child were so overwhelming. While we were looking for the house, we met a woman and her two daughters who live in Tokyo but were visiting Nojiri during Spring Break. We found out that the two daughters attend ASIJ and I explained that we would be there on Monday with the 13 sisters. The mother was overwhelmed and said, "something was just telling me that we should stay today and now I know why." We shed some tears together and talked some more. I am hopeful to be able to see them again in Tokyo.
Yesterday we connected with our childhood friends and went to Togakushi and ate soba. Then we drove over to Nagano to see the snow monkeys. All of the mountains tops are covered with snow and the view is breathtaking.
Today we head over to the Japan Sea and hopefully to some ski slopes close by. We are bringing the kids back next year and hopefully if the conditions are right they will get to ski.
Alright, on our way to the west part of the island.