I promised to upload some pictures and posts about my Easter holiday in Japan, so as promised here they are.
I returned to Japan as a tourist, to show my boy around a country where I had spent 3 years of my life. I introduced him to my friends, the amazing food culture I so greatly miss, the mish-mash and wacky juxtaposition of ultra modern and traditional architecture and insight into the eastern way of thought. We went to Tokyo and travelled up north to Sendai and Zao- for a good soak in some hot springs.
On return, I immediately resumed my J-Bobbie persona- not wishing to talk loudly on buses and stand out as the urusai foreigner but as the person who knew the place inside out (I don’t and never will); I became the J-Bobbie that was a bit of a stress head.
This was because I spent my last 7 months in Tokyo continually wired. Hours of dedicated study for Japanese exams and a nasty commute to work (where I’d teach rich 2 year olds how to speak English) resulted in me leaving Japan exhausted, negative- because I would never be able to integrate, yet sad to go.
After my realisation, I was able to relax more and could enjoy being back a lot better.
Anyway, these are some pictures of my Japanese friends.“>The last time I saw them was in 2005.
We went to Yoyogi Park to do some cherry blossom viewing. In Japan the cherry blossom signifies the arrival of spring, innocence and is adored by most. We drank beer, sake, ate Japanese snacks- such as dried squid and mochi and watched people enjoy themselves under the trees; we watched people get really wasted.
After dark we went to a tapas restaurant where Hiroshi works.
Nice to catch up with you again- Hilo, Satomi, Hiroshi, Megu, Jun-chan, Yotsu and Saika! Mata Aimashou! x