In this, my 100th blog posting, I am happy to be able to report a thawing of international tensions. After 2 days of frosty atmospheres and sharp exchanges, we managed to sort out the problems – I think. Once again, it appears he root cause was a basic lack of communication. No dobt from both sides, and yet I still feel frustrated that after years, the wife still doesn’t “get” European culture with regard to the equanimity of status within th martial home. Still there is this lurking demon of the traditional Japanese housewife behind her modern, international outlook. I’m sure it’s not the last fight we’ll have, but I’m glad this one seems to be over.