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American Leza Lowitz was ready to leave Japan when she met her future husband, Shogo Oketani, at a Yokohama jazz club.

She stayed and they dated for a year, but still she felt a nagging desire to go home. So when she told him of her plans to return to California, he said: “If you’re unhappy here, you won’t be happy with me, so you should go home. If we’re meant to be together, we’ll find a way.”

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