I am writing this on my flight back to the UK. My two-month stay in Japan was more hectic than usual.
I took a teacher training module at my old university, made trips with my mum, had dinner with my aunt several times and met up with my cousins; I met three cousins on my mother’s side of the family for the first time in 16 years. Having drinks with my close friends was mandatory.
Luca came to Japan. His visit to Japan was very meaningful for our relationship. He found some cultural uniqueness such as warm toilets, vending machines for hot beverages in each station, the complexity of the public transport, and people’s customs. I was so happy to see that he came to love my home and the everyday lifestyle, and that he bought some dining pottery – dinner plates, sake cups and chopsticks – to take back to the UK. I too came to love Japan more than ever.
This flight is nearly in the Netherlands. I have had a pretty comfortable 11-hour flight and I’ve been able to get some rest and do some work. I got a one way ticket this time because I haven’t yet decided when my next trip back to Japan will be.