Never in my wildest dreams did I think I’d ever visit Japan. It just wasn’t on my bucket list, but one day as I was helping my mother go through her credit card statements I came across a strange charge. I asked her “What’s this?” To which she joyfully exclaimed “Oh yes! I bought a trip to Japan and I need you to come with me.” I said “What?!?!” Not once did she even mention the thought. It turns out that the insurance company she works with invites their employees and their families on international trips every six months so my mother thought it would be a great idea to visit.