Sometimes we pause to remember the best things about where we live. Husband spent part of last week at a conference near Tokyo. Tokyo has many charms, but an abundance of natural beauty isn't generally considered to be among them. And where Husband was, outside the city--well, there was neither natural beauty nor the benefits of urbanity. So he was glad to return to our humble city, which may not have much in the way of shopping or fine dining, but which has places like this,
where a couple of families can swim in the river (our kids are the ones sitting on the big rock)
and have a picnic dinner together at dusk, with no one else around.
As our dear friend, whose legs made it into this photo, likes to say--it's all good.