Sunday, November 1, 2009


Konnichiwa! (hello)
I am home from Japan! Arrived last night. It was the most amazing, incredible, life changing experience of my life. It will take awhile for everything to process through my brain. LOL. The Toho family are the most giving and loving people. We were accepted and treated as just part of them. It was humbling to be honored so wonderfully. Kim, from Tambrook Beads, is also one of the nicest, (very cool, happy go lucky) people you would ever want to know. She was the best person to help us through the first leg of our journey. A friendship made for sure. The last three days when we were on our own was so easy. Kim would be proud of us. We maneuvered the trains stations like pros and had no trouble in restaurants or communicating with the Japanese people. The entire trip will be with me for the rest of my days. I am VERY tired today so no photos yet. All of us are making disks for each other of all the photos taken. So I will be able to share so much of the trip with you. Everyday was a highlight and an adventure. The food is amazing from the traditional Japanese to the snacks they carry in the stores. Get ready, I have stories of fun, laughter, joy, and tradition coming for you.

On a home note. The winner of my comment contest will be announced in a few days. Sorry to make you all wait.

Glad to be home, however, I left my heart in Japan.

Bead with Honor and Integrity


  1. Nicole... I can't wait to see your pictures, but REST first.

  2. Welcome home, Nicole! It sounds like you had an amazing time in Japan, an experience of a lifetime :) I can't wait to see photos of your adventures and hear all of your wonderful stories about this amazing experience! Btw, I hope you brought back lots of beads with you ;) LOL


  3. Welcome back! It sounds like you had a really great trip! :)

  4. Welcome home! Can't wait to see the photos!


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