Tomorrow I will get on the airplane that will take me away from Japan for an indefinite amount of time. I already miss all the friends I've made here these last two years. You have kept me alive in this once strange land. You gave me laughter and food and, most importantly, a sense of belonging.
The greatest gift Japan has given me is indestructible self confidence. I know I can survive and thrive in any situation I find myself in, even if I don't know the way out or what the next step will be. It is this confidence that will and must sustain me in America, in that land that has changed over the last two years but at the moment seems so mundane in my mind. I don't worry about surviving back home; I worry about being happy while I readjust to my "home," a concept which is now filled two realities, my home in Japan and the place of my family. I will remain an inside-outsider for some time yet to come I reckon.
This will be the last post I write in Japan. I still have a few posts about Japanese matters to write and those will have to be written State-side.
It has been a dream here in Japan and now it's time to wake up and carry my feelings and lessons learned forward, across the Pacific and onto the American highway. That is where my future lies, a grand reunion tour across my native land on the back of a two wheeled beast that I won't have to pedal. Thank you Japan, and when I say that, I'm thanking all the friends and families, students and teachers, that made my life here brilliant. I will return.