“Love makes you see a place differently, just as you hold differently an object that belongs to someone you love. If you know one landscape well, you will look at all other landscapes differently. And if you learn to love one place, sometimes you can also learn to love another.”
― Anne Michaels, Fugitive Pieces
The truth is, each places has its own good and bad sides. So far, I have lived in Philippines for 17 years,California for 8months-ish,Illinois for 10 months,Hawaii for almost 2 years and 3 years in Japan.But as what that famous axiom says “The Home is where the heart is”. I must say that I completely agree in that epigram.It has been tested and proven.
Having lived in Japan for 3 years I must say that I considered the Land of the Rising Sun my Second Home up until now. And if given a chance I would like to live there again (not to retire) but spend some part of my life there. There are out of this world distinct reasons why (just to exaggerate my longing). Why.I want to stay there as opposed to somewhere else,like California perhaps?:)
Availability of vending machines
The public transportation is extremely efficient
It’s safe to walk (alone) basically anywhere as a woman
The complete convenience of convenience stores
Recycling is actually practiced
Heated toilet seats
- Pockets of nature, even in the large cities
You can get by (ish) without speaking the language
Sanitation and general cleanliness
Delicious (and healthy) food
Insane (polite) customer service
I may not trigger all the points but for now I will just let these reasons speaks to itself and to all the readers!!!
Aside from the beauty,nature,culture and food of Japan, I think one of the major reason why my stay there was very remarkable is the PEOPLE.
The people that I have met along the way. The people that I worked with. The people who I built friendship with. The people who accepted me as a part of their family. The people in the small world of the Navy. My shipmates, my churchmates, my civilian friends on-base and off base,those random people I bumped into the small alley of blue streets,honcho and in the wild streets of Ropponggi and Tokyo. They all made my journey worth it and crazy in a good way!!
So if you are one those people who happen to read this. I want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart. Thank you for the good old times and the memories.
Lastly, to my beloved Nihon and citizens in Japan. Thank you for welcoming us foreigners and tourists with a warmth embrace. I miss you everyday JAPAN!! I will see you again for sure, some other time. In God’s perfect time.
For the mean time. Below are some variety of pictures I took while I was in Japan and of course the beautiful people I had a pleasure to meet.
あなたに日本に感謝 Anata ni Nihon ni kansha,ありがとうArigatō,戻りますModorimasu- 敬具Keigu Mizpah-San
May in all things God will be Glorified. Thy will be done