Let me start off by saying I miss my friends in Japan! I hope things are going great for them all and if any of you are reading, またこんいちは！会いたいよ。
I’ve been back in America for just over 3 weeks. It’s been a remarkable experience getting readjusted to American life.
First of all, everything is HUGE.
Yes, huge portions of food,
but much more impressive, the huge, expansive spaces.
I live in a country of wide streets and skies.
We travel great distances at great speeds every day. I drive literally everywhere.
Trash cans are everywhere!
Quick – two things I miss about Japan:
- Earthquakes. Those occasional little rockings began to have a very calming effect on me.
- Speaking Japanese. When I first came home I found a grocery store that sold Japanese goods and stopped in to speak a little. Two of my coworkers have also worked in Japan and often make Japanese jokes. It seems Japan’s forever going to have a place in my life.
The backpack my friends at Rakuten got me goes with me to work every day.