We're off. Finnair has a direct flight between Osaka and Helsinki, so we'll be staying in Helsinki for two nights, fly to Stockholm for one night and finally to Borlänge where we'll celebrate Midsummer with various far-flung members of our family that will get to meet each other for the first time. If you've never heard of Borlänge, by the way, don't fret; you're not actually missing anything.
This means I'm basically off the net for a while. To make sure this blog doesn't go totally silent, though, I have queued up a couple of old posts from my previous blog; hopefully they'll show up when they're supposed to. I'm leaving the comments unmoderated as well. It will be good to get away for a while, and with the rainy season in full swing this seems like an excellent time to leave Osaka for a week.