Growing up I had 2 places that a dreamed of visiting most: Italy and Japan. My mother had always talked about her time working in Italy and how she loved the Italian lifestyle, so Italy was an obvious choice. However, Japan and the Japanese?
I am not sure where the desire to visit Japan first came from. I had studied Chinese and Thai martial arts, but never Japanese. Perhaps it was from the film ‘Blade Runner’ or watching ‘Monkey’ on TV as a young boy. Whatever the reason, I always wanted to visit Japan.
So……after all these years I finally planned my trip to Japan. I had 2 choices: Christmas/New Year 2010/2011 or April 2011. On the flip of a coin I went for Christmas, despite knowing that I would miss the cherry blossom season that is celebrated by the Japanese. Had I not visited at that time I doubt would not have travelled to Japan so soon after the tsunami and the ongoing problems. I am not sure when I could have visited and in life sometimes things you put-off end up as unachieved ambitions.
I loved my time in Japan and really enjoyed Japanese culture. I wish for a solution to all the problems facing the Japanese people and hope that I will be able to visit again soon.
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