The Leaving Process

July 6, 2018

Goodbye, Japan

August 2, 2018
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The Last Supper

I used to always try to imagine the situation I’m in right now. As in, lying here in this hotel room, writing this post the night before I leave Japan. I used to always try to imagine my emotions – would I be crying because I didn’t want it to be over so soon? Would I be joyfully reminiscing? Or maybe I wouldn’t really have any thoughts at all, just falling asleep as soon as possible and jetting off back to London in the morning.

Turns out I’m feeling completely content right now, and incredibly proud of myself and how far I’ve come. My plane at 1pm tomorrow takes me back to the land I left 11 months ago. I feel this was exactly the amount of time I needed to be in this country – to discover it, to make it my home away from home. Japan has given me the tools, truly, to become more of the person that I’ve always wanted to be. And it is with that, that I take this newly polished me and return back to the country I grew up in (that I’m sure is going to feel incredibly unfamiliar as I deal with reserve culture shock.)

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I have been granted the invaluable opportunity to make friends with people from all different walks of life from all over the world. That is something I will always, always hold dear. Of course, while I’ll be seeing a great number of them with ease back in the UK, there’s the bittersweet feeling that comes with knowing we’ll never be all together in this kind of situation again. But there’s always new adventures to come, especially because now with all these international connections I have more of an excuse to go country hopping (but I need a bit more money first…).

I don’t know what the future holds – but this year that I’ve been in anticipation of for many years of my life has finally come to a close. It is the end of this chapter, and a whole new one begins tomorrow. I cannot wait to see what post-Japan life has to offer me.

And with that, the ‘During’ section of this blog is over. Thank you to everybody who has been reading what I’ve been up to in Japan. Thank you to all the amazing friends I’ve made here and for the ways you’ve influenced me for the better. Thank you to the many strangers I’ve met in this country who have shown me such kindness and hospitality.

I wave goodbye to my time here in Japan as a student with nothing but warmth in my heart.

Thank you!

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  1. Oh Elsa… such a beautiful post – it has made me very imotional… We all missed you a lot and can’t wait to see you in London tomorrow xxx

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