It was a pleasure to spend time, after fourteen or so-odd years, with Suguru.
"Nothing to see here folks, move along". There was that to contend with.
For a few different reasons, I will miss Japan when it is time to leave. It is a place full of significant people from parts of the past (and present), a place where I am a stranger but also strangely a native, the end of several months of being elsewhere, and now, with autumn, a place of melancholy, especially in the contemplative recesses of temples, shrines, and philosophers' walks. They say "carpe diem", I hear it and see it often, as well as "you only live once", but it can be a challenge, mentally tiring, to live each moment. There is a strain one can feel, the tug of mortality, as one attempts to give each finite moment its due.
Fill each moment, then go to sleep.