|Kanata with fireworks|
|Ice cream cake (from Baskin Robbins!) "Kayti- 10 times- Congratulations!" (10 births, 10 catches)|
|The whole gang|
|Asai-san, dressing me in my new yukata|
|in my new yukata, a present from the midwives and staff at Saito Birth House|
|with Ando-san, midwife|
|with Iyoku-san, midwife|
|with Asai-san, kids' caretaker, who dressed me in my new yukata|
|with Ryutaki-san, midwife|
|with Shiramizu-san, midwife|
|with Suzuki-san, acupuncturist and massage|
|with Kaneko-san, midwife|
|with Kuma-chan, midwife|
|with "Oojichan"- Mr. Saito|
|LED screen drink vendor at the Ofuna Train Station|
|Train from Ofuna to the airport in Narita|
The air in San Diego was so cool and soft. So light on my skin. When I woke up, I could hardly believe how easy the air felt. How good it was to be home.
Being in Japan raised my consciousness of community, of calm, and of ways of marking special moments, places and people with beautiful tributes.
And the Pink Curtain will continue to be drawn back, to ask questions, to inspire each other. I hope I have opened a new portal for both sides to learn and enjoy. I hope many Japanese midwives will come and visit us here, for vacation and for learning. I hope I will usher other students over there. Many hopes, many dreams, many realities yet undiscovered.