What this is Really About

I want to take this blog post to address something which seems to be in the minds of many of my friends and readers.

As you all ought to know by now, I love Japan. But for those of you who know me better, you know that I have a group of friends who joke around about me bringing home a Japanese girl. It wasn’t a joke that I started or suggested, though it’s been going on for a while now, since my high school days. And recently, even people whom I don’t see on a regular basis seem to bring up the topic of Japanese girls with me. I think that perhaps it’s some sort of stereotype in our culture of American-boy-meets-Asian-girl that has been built up over the years by different factors. I don’t usually see myself as the joking type, though I suppose I’m also a bit too easygoing to have made much of a fuss about it over the years. But the other day it got to the point where it seems like a few people are really starting to think that this is the reason why I’m going. And I don’t want to pretend that I know the future, especially after what happened to my plans last year. For all I know, maybe by some special chance, I will meet somebody special.

But let’s set the record straight: I am not going to Japan for the girls. The truth is, I love Japan way too much to care about just one part of it. This trip to Japan is not about finding a date because, in a sense, that’s exactly what the trip is. A date with Japan. Though I’ve been to Japan once before, this will be my first chance to live in Japan and see it up close. I want to learn the language and the culture. I want to befriend the Japanese people and share life with them. In essence, this trip is about understanding the heart of Japan.

So, if you’re expecting a love story, just realize that ‘she’ is not a woman—’she’ is a nation.

Only 8 more days until I see Japan again. It’s been so long…

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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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3 Responses to What this is Really About

  1. Stacey says:

    Well said!
    I’m so excited for you and this opportunity. I hope you will post about your experiences. I can’t wait to read all about it.
    Bless you..and safe travels!
    -Stacey 🙂

  2. Whitney lam says:

    Iwill miss you!

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