Back to Farewell Season

Five weeks to go, and there’s so much to do! I didn’t realize that even just preparing to leave the country could be so much work. From FAFSA’s to VISA’s I’ve certainly got my share of paperwork to go through. And that’s just the logistical stuff. I’ve also been trying to read up on Japanese culture and brush up on my Japanese language. Because I haven’t been in a formal Japanese class for nearly two years now, I feel like the people I know are starting to surpass me in my Japanese, or pull further ahead of me in skill if they already had.

And then there’s meeting with friends, the ones you see every week, and the ones you haven’t seen in forever, and of course, you have to keep in touch with your best friend every day : ) There’s also family to be with, and as one of seven sons, I have a delightfully big family! And lastly, I’m working as a substitute teacher on the side, in an attempt to scrounge up some last minute cash to help finance the trip.

This time of preparation is a wonderful season, filled with meaningful time and goodbyes with friends, getting small tastes and previews of what’s to come, and the anticipation. It’s an exciting, yet deceptively busy season.

35 days left. Slowly, but surely, it’s starting to sink in.


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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