Ue O Muite Arukoo...

And the song plays on; I sang these lyric at least 149 times since last year. For those of you not up on your Japanese vocabulary, these are the first few words to the song "Sukiyaki."

A year ago today the journey began. Twenty-four hours in travel time (one way) for the month-long visit. What a long, strange trip it was. Oddly, a place I really miss. It's too difficult to explain, only the three other teammates and team leader would understand (we're pictured above).