In 2006, shortly after being married and having just bought our home, Lisa and I decided to travel to Portland for an art show, to meet Kow Yokoyama, an artist I greatly admire and now am honored to call friend. We met Dr TaK there too, and this trip paved the way for our excursions to Japan which (hopefully) will continue for the rest of our lives. It was incredibly energizing to meet Yokoyama-san, Sekiguchi-san, and everyone else, and to see the wonderful art Kow Yokoyama creates.