Returning 帰って

The aftermath of March is April, and it has been uncannily similar to what life would have been like had I never made plans to go to Japan. I’ve been swamped in starting an accelerated class to make up a little bit of this semester. I was rather on the fence about it, on the one hand really wanting time to sort things out, and on the other hand, this semester needed to be made up if I was going to graduate on time, and this specific (Japanese History) class wasn’t going to be offered again before my graduation. I felt several people urging me at the time to take the class, and in the end that’s what I did, and while I’ve certainly enjoyed the class, I have to admit that I’ve wondered if it was what I should’ve done. Either way, I find myself back at GMU, dealing with schoolwork, and walking through a campus lit by the light of spring trees of living green. Every conversation I have leaves me feeling a little bit less of a ghost, and a little bit more reconnected to a place I used to know so well. I look at the pink flowers and realize that they are here, not just there. and I find to my surprise that, whether if I wanted to or not, I’ve returned to northern Virginia much quicker than I thought I would.


About Stephen

My name is Stephen Gabriel Falke, and I am passionate for all things Japanese. I have been accepted to teach for the JET Program starting 2015. In the past, during my time in college, I also had the chance to participate in a study abroad at Sophia University, Tokyo, Japan, for Japan's 2012 school year. On my blog I write about my love for Japan, my journey to get there and stay there, and my adventures studying and teaching there.
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