It's the first sign of the coming of spring: the children are out in droves! They covered the playground and the surrounding service roads of our apartment complex, playing the international games of tag and hide-and-go-seek. Next will be the blossoms of spring, the warm winds, the mosquitoes, the cicadas, the chirping frogs, and the smell of rice paddies as the stalks grow higher. But there is still time. It is only the excited and emboldened children for now, the first sign that it is coming.
"My names is Souji!"
"Nice to meet you."