It’s been a while since I last updated this blog! The last couple of months in Japan have just been a blur. Believe it or not, but I’m actually typing this on the plane bound for Amsterdam right now. My Japanese adventure has officially come to an end.
How do I feel? I can’t even explain it myself. I have said so many goodbyes over the past few weeks to people who I may not ever see again. Japan has really taught me the true meaning of goodbye. The hardest goodbyes have been with my students. Over the year I connected with them so much, and I felt so loved and welcomed by them. I knew that saying goodbye to them would be hard, but never would I have been able to prepare myself for it. To some people you will become a memory, so make sure you’re a good one!
The last week of school was tough. A lot of my classes had prepared many farewell songs and gifts for me, and there were a lot of tears involved! The appreciation Japanese students show to their teachers is very admirable. They really do know how to make you feel loved!
I attended my last ever staff party last Tuesday, and said goodbye to all of the teachers and staff I had worked with over the year. It was a mix of emotions. I was happy to be there with all of my teachers, talking, drinking and singing karaoke. However, deep down there was also a lot of sadness as I knew it would be the last ever time. The idea that I would not see some of these people ever again was too overwhelming for it to sink in.
Even now, it still hasn’t sunk in. I refuse to believe that my adventure is over. But at the same time, I have to look forward to what the future brings. Saying goodbye is hard, but it also brings new adventures. Things can never stay the same.
So the exciting part about going back to England, is that my parents have no idea that I will be back so early. I told my dad that I would be back on the 10th, but I thought it would be nice to come home a week early to give them a surprise. I’m not sure what kind of reaction I will get, but I will be sure to film it! Haha! I’m also looking forward to seeing my friends and family, and also eating good old British food! How I’ve missed it!
Yesterday I spent the day in Tokyo with a few friends, and we managed to see the cherry blossoms in full bloom at Ueno park. Ueno station was insanely busy, and we had to shuffle our way through the crowd out of the station to head to the park.
Seeing all cherry blossoms made me quite nostalgic, as it reminded me of when I first arrived in Japan. It reminded me that my year in Japan was up, and that my time here had done a full circle. It’s crazy how time flies. I miss Japan so much.
Thank you Japan for an unforgettable year. You’ve changed me as a person in so many ways. It’s been the most incredible year of my life. Never did I imagine that I would have an opportunity like this. I’ve seen so much and learned so much from this past year. Can’t believe the journey has come to an end, but I will carry it with me for the rest of my life.