I met Naoko when we started graduate school 4 years ago – we took classes together, we studied together, we traveled together, we spent holidays together, and we became wonderful friends. During her stay in the United States, Naoko always talked about a wonderful man who she was best friends with – Masaki. While she was away, their hearts grew fonder, and when she went home, it was always him she wanted to see.
Naoko and Masaki got married yesterday in Tokyo, and I was lucky enough to be there as a bridesmaid and a friend. It was an amazing event – a traditional ceremony in an ancient shrine, a reception and the Tokyo Opera House, and an after-party overlooking Tokyo’s “Times square.” What a night. I am busy traveling again today, but I do want to post a few quick photos of the day before I go.
You were a beautiful bride, Naoko. Thank you for asking me to be part of it all.