I'm still busy at work on my memoir of my years in Japan. It's quite a difficult job choosing what to include and what to leave out and how to arrange it all. I'm hoping I'll be able to sell it to an editor once its finished. Even if I had the money, I can't imagine tackling self-publishing again (despite the beautiful book that is the fruit of my labor).
My husband Toshi is already busy with preparations for the Japan-America Society of Vermont's biennial Matsuri (festival) which will take place this year on April 19th. He was busy here and there this year giving lectures and demonstrations about Ikebana, Japanese flower arranging, and Japanese pottery. While continuing with this, his main focus is now Matsuri. It is amazingly complicated with so many participants to organize. It's the JASV's largest activity and is so expensive and time consuming that it can only be done every two years. If you want to know more about it and the JASV go to JASV.org.
Hopefully, I'll be better at writing this year and perhaps some of you will actually write to me. HAPPY NEW YEAR