It was Maeda-san's last day, something that I hadn't realized until she entered the lounge to greet us this morning. A few hours later she stood in front of the orchestra as Bucho made the requisite announcement, thanking her for her service of 8 years. It's difficult to say goodbye to someone that has been like a mother to all of us in Japan. After the concert there were cookies in all our mailboxes. She will truly be missed.