After living in China for over a year I really miss living in Japan. I know moving back to Japan won’t solve any of my problems or anything like that.
What do I miss?
I have a good friend that lived in Japan many years ago and he said I would really like it there. Eventually I did move to Tokyo and really enjoyed it. It was hard, I had to find a job and a place to stay, I had to wait for my visa to process and make new friends. Once my job started There was a commute and the hours were long. But I loved it.
Walking around at night was the best… Many times the lights are low at night and they let the darkness prevail.. its not an accident. There was a building I used to see at night on the way home from work. The lights were dim and almost haunting but not creepy haunting, it was a kind of haunting with love and kindness mixed in. One night it was raining lightly and the lights hit the rain perfectly, this is one of the things that separates Japan from other places. I know it doesn’t sound like much but when you go there and see it’s something else.
Japan changes you, it stays with you long after your gone.
I’ve tried to shake Japan off your years but it just keeps coming back in my mind. I’d be a fool to return, as good jobs are hard to find but I still dream of Kyoto and Tokyo and walking around the city till my feet hurt.