Last night the local (and some not-so-local) falconers got together to have a farewell dinner for me. Not exactly the steak and potatoes affair that it would be in the States. Lots of raw fish, eel, raw beef mixed with raw egg (!?!), and a lot of stuff that I don't even know what animal it came from. I'm gonna miss that kind of stuff. Japan has a tendancy to make foreigners feel pretty alienated. It's awfully hard to feel part of the group when you're so obviously not. But hanging out with this group of falconers has made me feel more at home in Japan than just about anything else I've done here. It's been a great three years. Thanks guys.
Of course we talked a lot about what everyone will be flying this year and I told everyone that there's a good chance, what with all the red tape I'll have to wade through when I get to Colorado, that I won't be able to fly anything this year. They all thought it was rather wacky that I could be out shooting stuff with a high powered rifle within a week of landing in the States but it will more than likely take me months to be able to fly a bird again. I think they have a point! It'll be interesting to see how things work out on the falconry front when I get home. Wish me luck!