Category Archives: Gaijin’s Dream

A Door Opens ドアが開く

Long time no see! Me posting on my blog for the first time in a while can only mean one thing: I’m going back to Japan! And as always, I’m excited about it. To be honest, though, it was quite … Continue reading

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Last Day as a JET ALT

My last month has been a tornado, with goodbyes and thank yous, packing and cleaning, and all sorts of logistical things, so much so that I’ve had little time to actually reflect and think, “I’m leaving Suzuka.” And even when … Continue reading

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Letting Go 手放して

Only two weeks to go! Time has gone by so quickly these past couple months! This time has been an odd in-between season of preparation different from what my normal rhythm of life has been in the past two years. … Continue reading

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Level Up! レベル アップ!

Last December I took the Japanese Language Proficiency Test. In 2013 I tried level 2, the second hardest of the 5 levels, and didn’t pass, so this time I tried level 3. And after three months’ waiting, I finally got … Continue reading

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Japan or Bust なんとしても

Walking through the streets of DC in a suit, that relatively warm February day felt both special and ordinary. I’m going to the Japanese Embassy! But I’ve worn a suit in Japan before, many times. Don’t get me wrong, though—it … Continue reading

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The DC Cherry Blossom Festival

It’s been too long since I’ve last written, and I figure that the Cherry Blossom Festival is a great time to start writing again! And I have a confession to make (besides writing this post a whole month later than … Continue reading

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走りと反省 Running & Reflecting

二ヶ月前に書くつもりで、理由は生活、延引、このブロッグ投稿をよくしたいことだ。この投稿の日本語は悪いはずなので、よろしくお願いします。 I meant to write this post two months ago, and the excuses I came up with are life, procrastination, and wanting to make sure I write this well. Anyway, here goes. 日本から帰ったのは、ほとんど四ヶ月前になった。だいたい、さっきの経験を反省したり、自分の文化にアジャストしたり、アメリカの生活になれたり、アメリカの家族と友達に会ったりしている。それは、出たくない場所の憧れの痛みを中和するいいことだ。走りは反省よりも時間をかかったと思う。 It’s been almost 4 months since I … Continue reading

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