It was cold and rainy in Tokyo while I was in sunny LA, Carpinteria and Vegas, visiting relatives, my daughter and slot machines, respectively. The trip turned into something of a mini reunion with a handful of cousins from Hawaii deciding to meet up in Las Vegas. Vegas is a prime destination for Hawaii locals, and the downtown hotels and casinos cater specifically to them. I mean, really, where else in Vegas can you get grilled miso butterfish with rice? Or Portuguese sausage with eggs in the morning? Or Spam musubi? Some treasured moments from my trip have to be eating saimin with my aunt and cousins at 2am at the California Hotel in dowtown Vegas after The Jersey Boys show (which I highly recommend!) and a walk on the Strip; seeing my 80 year-old aunt and my 78 year-old mother link arms and dance during the Fremont Street Experience; and most of all, spending time with my daughter and witnessing her blossoming into a mature young lady.
I went away for 10 days and when I returned to Tokyo a different kind of blossoming had occurred. Checking on my fledgling vegetable garden, I see bright red bulges popping up from the dirt! Red radishes ready to be picked and eaten. I harvested five radishes as I only planted six seeds. But this has given me some confidence, and I just planted more radish seeds to start the process over. I'm learning as I grow!