Have you ever had a place that was dear to your heart even though you had never been, didn’t know anybody who had (until recently), and from which you lived half a world away? For me, that place is Japan. I have always felt drawn to this land, always had a deep appreciation for its culture and history. I read my dad’s worn-to-shreds copy of Sho-gun when I was 12 or 13. Yes, that’s kind of nerdish. But that’s me! So after years of longing and raiding the bookstores and libraries, I am finally going to Japan. What’s more, my son is coming with me, which makes it all the more fun. Awesomesauce with a side of squeee, as my friend would say. Enter, this blog. It’s not only a countdown or a list of what I intend to bring in my one bag, it will hopefully be a place where I can (try to) put into words my son and my adventure to the Land of the Rising Sun. Let the packing begin!