Happy New Year and Merry Christmas! (Although I'm not counting it as 2021 yet until Jan. 20th.) I hope it's a much better year than last year. At least plans won't be cancelled this year as probably we all know better now not to make plans in the first place.
Sometimes one good person can make or break an adventure.
I owe this adventure to the owner of the Irifune hotel.
At first Yossi and I spent the holidays cleaning the house, then relaxing with our relatives. Snow fell lightly amidst a scattering of clouds that sometimes sent sharp beams of sunlight to prevent the white fluff from piling up, and sometimes covered the sun long enough for it to stick. The sun and snow played tug of war for two days while we played hide-and-seek, made skype calls, made cookies, decorated the house in paper snowflakes, practiced piano and calligraphy, and ate heartily. But on the third day, the snow was gone, the kids needed to do their winter break homework, and Yossi and I decided not to overstay our welcome.
We left the house with absolutely no plan whatsoever. I was actually pining for Kobe, struggling with my need to meet up with old friends, versus the fear of Covid. Somehow, in the next hour, we went from driving through the mountains wondering what to do, to being on a ferry heading toward the island of Shodoshima.