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Prologue

Ayabe fisherman
A fisherman enjoys a solitary moment at a park in Ayabe, a rural corner of Kyoto prefecture.

When we returned home from Japan, it was my intention to jot down some notes about the trip to help preserve the memory of the journey that I enjoyed so much. As we rode home from the airport in the dilapidated taxi, looking out at the rows of beige, soulless stucco bunkers and litter-lined highways of Silicon Valley, I realized that my heart had remained behind on the other side of the Pacific. That night, in spite of the fatigue of a twenty-two hour, dateline-crossing journey, I sat down to write.

A strange thing began to happen as I did. I discovered that my writing was letting me return to Japan and relive, moment by moment, my memories of the people, the places and the experiences that had become so dear to me. Each night, for over six weeks, I returned to this journal and the notes evolved into a story and the story became a memoir and commentary on a country that I had suddenly grown to love. I found myself researching details and background information and reaching for the right words to describe a culture that offered so much to learn from.

The result is a site that too large for anyone to digest in a single sitting. But it is hopefully designed in a way that can be consumed easily in a series of visits.

Please enjoy your journey.

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