Hello from Japan! I’ve been up 28 hours: not planned.

Last night we went to the temples before midnight and I helped ring in the new year by ringing the bell. (Twice, crying a bit at the first temple, caught up in the auspicious moment). Met numerous expats from different countries teaching in Korea and Japan. Had a wild Colorado Connection with the last two guys up at 3, and after much chattering with a revolving cast, it was 5AM and what was the point of going to bed when we could stay up for sunrise, said the girl that went to bed at 5:30, not able to survive another hour, nor accepting the offer of wearing my fur jacket or that I would carry her: “Could you piggyback me with the fur coat on?”