By the way, a few days ago a 71-year old Japanese man told me that when he was a child he saw a solar eclipse. It was in the countryside in Japan and people built smoky fires so that the smoke would allow people to safely look at the sun. He laughed about how now people go out and buy special glasses to wear.
I took off from the airport in Tokyo early in the morning on Monday -- just a few minutes before the eclipse. It was an overcast day and Japanese friends the day before had told me that I might be the only one of us to be able to see it since I would be in the air and maybe above the clouds. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to see it because we were in the clouds for a long time.