Just waved my mother goodbye at the airport. She's making her second trip to Japan, for the birth of my sister AC's second child. The journey entails spending a night in Tokyo (at Haneda?) before catching another plane to sis's prefecture. Phoned Dad to let him know she got away without a hitch, but he didn't answer. I imagine he was busy gardening - and missing Mum.
Manga of the moment: "Hikaru No Go #13". I wish this fascinating story about the steeped-in-ritual world of the boardgame Go went forever. Sadly, there are only 10 more volumes to be translated into English.