The main purpose of our trip back to Seattle was to spend time with the family. Here we are with my parents and youngest brother and his wife and kids. (My middle brother is in Hawaii and couldn’t be here.) I promised my parents when we decided to move to Japan to start helping out at Kamesei Ryokan that I would come back once a year with the kids to see them. I feel guilty for leaving the inn for a week, but this was part of the deal.