Shortly before, Maiko came down to Niseko and helped Toby pack up his things and move out of Little Oz (Australia) which is what the ski resort of Niseko is becoming to be called because of its very high population of Aussie's during the ski season. While Maiko was down there (and ever since), Toby & Maiko have been researching and designing for the future of their house (and, hopefully, cafe) in Higashikawa. More on that later, but here's a picture of Maiko standing in front of a door we both liked.
On June 6th, Toby happily returned to his family, Maiko & Bomber, in Asahikawa with many memories and omiyage's (presents and souvenirs). The last picture we will post is one of Maiko & Toby having a catnap. Bomber had just woken up when he heard Toby get the camera, but he is giving a very cute pose for the camera just the same. Maiko is wearing her new t-shirt that Toby picked out for her in Bangkok. Of course, that was only one of the many omiyage that she received from him. :)
We hope this finds you all happy, healthy and genki (equals both of the former in one Japanese word)! As summer approaches quickly, enjoy the long days and everything that it brings whether it be picnics, bbq's, long walks/hikes/strolls or just chill time at the beach or mountains. Whatever you are doing, have fun. Life is too fragile and too short. Get outside and enjoy it.