Now that I've decided on the dates for my travel--March 27 through April 19--I know that it's definitely happening. In order to apply for a visa to China,I had to order my flight tickets--and, since these are non-refundable, the dice are cast. Some pics I have of long ago--the one of Qi Deng dates from a 1998 trip to Chattanuga. We lived in Nashville then. The water pics are from Mitchell, SD.

    This pic of the Miwas is a greeting card, Kyoko and her mother in traditional dress and Kyoko's dad Shimpei in a sober suit.