I am flying back to the United States today. Actually, because of the 13 hour time difference, I leave Tokyo at 5 pm and land in Newark at 4:55 pm — on the same day! I wonder if it will be light out the window the whole time!
The last few days have been a whirlwind — we created collaborative projects with Japanese teachers, and said goodbye to some amazing new friends. Then had some time off to explore Tokyo, including the fashion district where all the young girls get dolled up. Yesterday, I spent the day in a really wonderful town called Kamakura, which used to be the capital of Japan many centuries ago. I put my feet into the Pacific Ocean, went inside a giant Buddha statue, and had some very unique foods, like green tea / sweet potato ice cream swirl. More on this later. I am way behind on my blog entries, so when I get home, I will continue to share new posts. However, I couldn’t resist posting one more entry before I start packing.
Last night, I had dinner with an old elementary school friend, Naoki. He lived in my town in the United States from 3rd grade to 8th grade, and then moved back to Japan. Now he is a doctor and lives in Tokyo. It has been more than 20 years since we’ve seen each other, but I found a photo of us next to each other from our 5th grade class photo, and he brought his 8th grade yearbook to dinner — we even found the spot where I signed it.
Naoki and I had an amazing dinner at a very special place, owned by a dear couple who take great pride in their work. We chatted about old school memories and differences between American and Japanese culture. It was truly a wonderful evening.
Maybe I should skip my flight today and just move to Japan! I could see myself living here.