If you shall, for just a moment, cast aside your dignity, and accept a compliment from an expat American, living in Tokyo, I would like to offer one:
Thank you for making the International Board of chowhound.com, by far, the most amusing, (and possibly, by far, the most Anglo-informative) link on this site.
There. That was the compliment. I realize that you may have never read many compliments from actual Americans, (yes, Pat Hammond, I whole-heartedly acknowledge your wonderful post regarding your son's imminent nuputials), but I delight in the witty, and sometimes acerbic, back-and-forth that is wrought from your postings.
If business ever brings me over to our shops in London, I have more information to keep me fed for a month than I would have ever imagined possible! Thank you for your contributions. (That last sentence is another compliment, BTW).
Should your travels ever bring you to Tokyo, please do inform me. I shall be more than happy to host a dinner on your behalf!