I have a confession to make.

I went to Japan for spring break with Rory.

I told people that I was going there to scout employment opportunities and for pleasure, and while that's all true, I wasn't entirely forthcoming.

I also went to Japan to see my son.

Yes, I have a child.

I spent the summer after graduating from high school in Japan. I met a girl, things happened, and she called me after I returned to the States with the news. She wanted to keep it. What was I going to do? Fly back and stop her? Even if I wanted to, I didn't have time or money at the time to do so.

Every month my parents wire her family some money and whenever I can, I travel across the sea to visit.

I'm not proud of being a young absentee father. I hope to get a job in Japan after graduation, perhaps teaching English.

Anyway, I don't really like to talk about my personal life.

Consider this an introduction to a weeklong series of updates on our spring break in Japan.