新年と新しい季節 A New Year and a New Season

We all stand at the end of one year and the beginning of another. The year 2011 particularly held a lot of meaning for me, and it changed over time, as it first represented the dream of going to Japan, which I eagerly awaited–I even remember titling my study abroad the J’11 Project. 2011 then became a year of great sorrow, then of redemption and finding beauty in the ashes.

In the past when I thought of 2012, I thought of my graduation year. But that too has now changed. 2012 is now a new year of new hopes and resurrected dreams and second chances to make happen what couldn’t be before. At the beginning of this year is also a new season, a season of preparation. I remember last year I didn’t handle this season well, as I spent more time catching up with friends than studying and preparing for Japan, and as a result, I wasn’t as linguistically and culturally prepared as I wanted to be (then again, I am an overachiever). This time, while I’ll still spend time with friends, I hope to be more focused in readying myself for all the things that 2012 may be that 2011 wasn’t.

And I am not completely oblivious to the possibility that perhaps for some reason I won’t be able to make it to Japan this year, but for now, I hope.

 

私たちは一つの年の終わりで立っていてほかの年の始めでもたっています。2011年は私には意味がたくさんあって、その意味がその年の間に変わりました。その意味はまず待ち望んだ日本へ行く予定でした。実は、この留学予定に「J’11]と言う名前をあげました。それから、2011年はとても悲しい年になって、それから、Redemptionとはいじん(Ashes)の中で美しさを見つける年になりました。

前に、2012年に考えたら、「卒業の年だ」と思いました。でも、その意味も変わりましたよ。今、2012年は新しい望みとよみがえった夢ともう一つ前に出来なかったことが今、また、やるチャンスの新年です。この年の始めに、新しい季節もあります。準備の季節です。去年、思い出します:この季節に友達と一緒に遊ぶことは準備の子とよりたくさんしたから、がんばりませんでした。それで、出るときが来たら、たくさんの準備はまだです。今度、時々友達と一緒に遊ぶのに、たくさんの2012年の準備をしたいです。

そして、たぶん、また、今年、何かの理由で日本へ行けないチャンスは無自覚じゃないですが、今、望みます。

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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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One Response to 新年と新しい季節 A New Year and a New Season

  1. I hope you get to make it as well!

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