Anthony and His Tree, 2009
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George in Anthony's Tree -- Rootstown, Ohio, USA -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 58 mm — 1/1000 sec, f/2.8, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
George
in Anthony's Tree
Anthony and George in front of Anthony's Tree, which is growing faster than either of them -- Rootstown, Ohio, USA -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 70 mm — 1/500 sec, f/3.5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Anthony and George
in front of Anthony's Tree, which is growing faster than either of them

Last year I apparently neglected to get a picture of Anthony in front of the tree he planted when he was one year old, or if I did, I neglected to post it. This year, almost six years after planting, I was thankfully reminded by kind readers (not only once, but twice) not to miss the chance.

And then we were done, and he drove away to play...

Makin' Tracks -- Rootstown, Ohio, USA -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Makin' Tracks
See You Next Year -- Rootstown, Ohio, USA -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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See You Next Year

Bags are packed... heading back home to Kyoto first thing in the morning, after having spent a month here in Ohio. Door-to-door will take 22 hours.


All 3 comments so far, oldest first...

Okay, ex-Pato-san, (ex-Patriot-san)

They say there is no place like home. In this case home for you is 5000 miles from where you grew up in a country that even today is so completely different from all that you grew up with… you must get some form of Nostalgia-jetlag.

I will be leaving Himeji on 9/4. The interesting thing for me is I’m not from here and as an African-American gaijin, I stand-out from 100 meters away. (almost literally) and yet. I feel so homesick for Japan and get so sad when I leave. I think its because I go here to see family and we don’t do the Tokyo-thing: (Roppongi, akihabara, Hara-juku, karaoke, udon/ramen, etc).

For us, when me, wifey, and son visit the in-laws that is there cue to go on vacation which almost always consists of traveling all the way to the top of Hyogo and back. When we get back to Himeji and otou-san’s house I always feel like, “Man, its good to be home…” but I’m not really home.

How is it for you? When you leave Ohio, and go back to Kyoto, how do you feel?

Also, for a less deep question: when you get back to Japan what’s the first thing you do… as anindulgence.?

-For me, its a trip to Joshin or Midori Denki to see the latest electronics and also a trip to Aeon/Marunaka supermarket to stock up on yuzu/sudachi (expensive/poor quality in New York/NJ) for Suntory whiskey w/ice after dinner.

— comment by Ron Evans on August 31st, 2009 at 8:39pm JST (8 years, 4 months ago) comment permalink

Very cute toothy grin. I was thinking about his tree too. Thanks for posting the picture.

— comment by Sonal, MN on August 31st, 2009 at 11:25pm JST (8 years, 4 months ago) comment permalink

Awww! Thank you, thank you! Love the picture! The tree is really big now.

I love the “See you next year” picture, it is like the perfect final scene of a great summer movie, as it was your summer in Ohio, thanks for share with all the readers your beautiful and lovely pictures. After reading this post I feel a little nostalgic for the ending of the summer, what a beatiuful and nice blog of yours! It was like reading a nice book of summer adventures but with real life people!

Love it, love it , love it!

Griselda Nishikatsu. Arlington,TX

— comment by Griselda Nishikatsu on September 1st, 2009 at 3:35am JST (8 years, 4 months ago) comment permalink
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