Coming on the Horizon

The other day I unexpectedly got the chance to Skype with a Japanese acquaintance, someone who is actually in Japan. It was a delight to be able to speak Japanese with a Japanese again, something I hadn’t for a few months. I’ve also been meeting many people recently who share my interest in Japan–another unexpected blessing. I also received responses back about the two scholarship applications–and they were both rejected >.< Oh well. I’m still planning on going–it just means it’s going to cost me a lot more. And the fact that I have heard back from them means that it’s coming closer. Classes are coming to an end, Christmas is right around the corner, things are happening.

Once this semester ends, I’m going to start studying Japanese like a fiend. After Christmas will come January, and I’ll start working to save up for the trip. Before long it will be February, and I’ll know by then whether or not I’m accepted (God willing, it’ll be a yes), and I’ll have to set about preparing forms and visas and yen, and when I turn around it will be March, and time to say goodbye and hello, hopefully this time to the right sides of the world. I don’t know if 112 days away counts as being on the horizon or not, I can’t even be sure where I’ll be that day, but I can at least know one thing:

It’s coming.


About Stephen Gabriel Falke

Stephen Gabriel Falke is passionate about loving Jesus and loving Japanese! He grew up in Virginia, America, and first visited Japan in 2007. He then studied abroad at Sophia University in Tokyo for a year in 2012. He also participated in the JET Program as an ALT from 2015-2017. He currently works as an English teacher at Hirosaki Gakuin Seiai Secondary School in Hirosaki, Aomori, Japan.
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