If you're going to be an expat, Tokyo is a lovely place to be. But the tough part of being an expat, wherever you are, is that friends are always leaving for new assignments. My husband is in the financial sector, and as you know, times are tough. Though he still has his job, many of our friends here have gotten canned, and they are leaving for work in other countries.
This is our family saying "so long for now" to some very good friends who are headed to Hong Kong. I drew us as aliens, because that's what we basically are here -- foreigners.
My kids insisted I include Daddy's facial hair, even though I protested that these aliens are smooth-bodied. They're just looking out for Daddy, because Daddy's quite proud of his facial hair.