I'm going to Kyoto for the rest of the week... to meet up with my mom! She and her friend are taking a trip all over Japan, and their last stop is Kyoto, so I'll join them for a few days. I'm very happy to see my mom after six months, and ecstatic to show her my world. I'm hoping she loves Japan as much as I do, and that she can understand why it would be difficult to ever leave this place. Kyoto is such a magical city that I've grown to know pretty well, so I think it will be very, very nice.