We are celebrities in Japan.  It seems like everywhere we go, we are treated like celebs.  School children everywhere say “Hello” and want high fives.  One day in particular we were asked to give autographs.  At the shrine in Kyoto a group of school children spotted us out of the crowd.  We were swarmed with pictures.  Every kid wanted pictures with us.  Then on top of that, they had us write in their little journals and notebooks.  Thinking back on it, I hope they won’t use my signature in any illegal way.  Can you say identity theft?  No, but in all seriousness it was crazy.  I’ve never felt so popular in my life.  Even walking to Hiroshima, every kid on a field trip held out their hand to high five me.  Thinking back on it, that was a little weird considering where we were.  But I guess that’s the extent of of popularity.  They don’t care where you are, they just care that you are American.

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