Despite it being Christmas today, I find my thoughts turning once more to Yazawa Ai, the mangaka responsible for the Nana series. Nana is an addictive read, but it's been on hiatus since August, 2009, after Ms. Yazawa fell ill for a second time and had to be hospitalized. She apparently recuperated enough to leave the hospital in April of this year, but recovering her health has rightfully taken precedence over writing and drawing.
Funny the things you think of as the hours tick by on that most special of holidays. In Tokyo, young lovers strolled along the gaily decorated streets of Shibuya, Shinjuku and Harajuku. For them, Christmas is a romantic night. How like an episode of Nana it is. Let's hope the empty winds of winter don't extinguish love's flame. And let's hope Ms. Yazawa continues to recover in peace and that 2011 will be a happy year for her.