After three and a half weeks, my family's back from Japan. I measured The Girl, and it turns out that she's grown more than 10cm in the past six months and now stands at 100cm.
I've got my wedding band back, after my dear wife of nine years had it fixed at the place in Tokyo that made our pair of rings. It looks so good I think it may look better than when new. And repairing it cost a whopping $13!
And my wife's brought sweet rice beer. I'm all set. I'm sure that the $30 parking at the airport, and the six 1/2 hour round trip will soon fade from memory.