Thanks to Angela Pitenis (UCSB) and Hitoshi Washizu (University of Hyogo) for inviting me to be a part of this exciting symposium. We had many countries represented, and I learned a lot about the excellent tribology study going on in Japan. I highly recommend the ITC conference, a joint venture between STLE and JAST. Everyone should visit this inviting and beautiful land across the ocean! I’m the one below in the orange jacket.