This year we left for our US trip much earlier than previous years to take advantage of cheaper plane rates, and we only stayed two weeks instead of three, so the trip felt VERY rushed and stressful! Nevertheless, it was so great to be home, even for just a short time!
This year too, Kenji’s grandmother asked to visit Seattle as well, so we traveled with her. She is 90 years old, and was quite a trooper through the long plane rides and the jet lag!
First up was a few days in Seattle with Kenji and his family:
After that, we went twice to the Seattle Bon Odori festival at the local Buddhist Temple. It was fun to dance, but very weird for me because I am used to Japanese festivals, but this one was just… different. In a good way, but it was hard to orient myself!
Especially to all the English!
Next up, we went to Chateau St. Michelle, a winery a bit outside of Seattle. We got to go on a tour, try several different wines, and enjoyed ourselves very much!
Next up was a brief trip to Texas. First I went to Austin for the weekend, and got to see my Dad, Melissa, and my grandparents! I didn’t get to see them last year, so I was very happy!
We went out for amazing mexican food
Those last few days were so rushed. I went back to Seattle for less than 24 hours before getting back on the plane for Japan. The next trip home had better be more relaxed!!