憧れと準備 Yearnings and Preparations

また書くのは、久しぶり。アメリカに帰ったときから、あまり書かなかったね。でもよ、日本への憧れが一方も下がらなかった。日本と離れた時間はもうすぐ二年になる。そして正直、いつも二年間長すぎる気がしている。私の分の一つはまだ「本当に日本を出るべきだったかなあ?」と悩んでいるけど、もっと日本を愛出来るようになるための習わなければならないことをアメリカで習ったと、どうも知っている。そして今、私が帰らなければ、胸から飛び出すほどこの憧れがとても強くなってきたよ!それで、日本よ:帰るよ。まだ予定はないけれど、準備している。日本の田舎のどこかで英語を教える「JET Programme」ということに応募している。それは、本当に会いたい東京の友達に訪問することが難しくなるけれども、その田舎の日本の経験で、もっと日本を分かってくるはずです。なんか遅くなっちゃった気がしているけど、帰るよ、日本。ただ、消えたりしないでね。私を待ってくださいね。

I haven’t written for a while. I haven’t written much since coming back. But I miss you no less, Japan. Soon I will have been away from Japan for two years, and honestly, it has always felt like two years too long. Part of me still wonders if I ever should have left Japan, but I know I’ve learned things being back in America that I needed to learn so that I would be able to love Japan better. And now, the yearnings have grown so strong that I’ll jump out of my chest if I don’t return soon! So, Japan: I’m coming back. I have no set plans yet, but I am preparing. I am applying for the JET program to teach English somewhere in rural Japan. That means it will be hard for me to visit my Tokyo friends, whom I miss dearly, but I feel that living in rural Japan will help me to understand Japan better. I feel like I’m late, but I’m coming back, Japan. Just don’t disappear or anything! Wait for me, okay?

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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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