In April 2008, I went to Tokyo to assist in the international open tournament they were holding. I was asked to be a referee, my first experience doing that. And this was a high pressure event, so I needed lots of help, which I got from many people, especially a college student named Tomo, who was my partner and spoke excellent English.
The organizer of the tournament, Kamoshida-san, visited NYC last summer and brought me this wonderful gift to show his appreciation. I took it with me to the partners' conf in Manchester this past May to show Noriko Morin (who was also in Tokyo with us) but found she had retired. So Nancy asked Courtney to take these pics. There's a matching pair of shorts that I don't have the nerve to wear for fear I'll be attacked by a samurai.