Friday, June 11, 2010

Pink Peonies for Gaby

Here are pink peonies from my garden this week in honor of the ones Alex sent to Gaby for putting up with him as her o-nimotsu (luggage, or obligation guest).

Just because Japanese take obligations seriously doesn't mean they enjoy them any more than Americans do. What Americans often don't realize is how much help they need from Japanese people to negotiate Japan, and the extent of time so many sacrifice to assist guests in their country.

Enter to win a signed copy of American Fuji in the June Giveaway! See May 15 post for details.

1 comment:

Reckless said...

You are absolutely right, Sara. I am certain that many of the waters I navigated successfully in Japan had been charted carefully for me before I even arrived. Thanks to all my benefactors.