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07 January 2017 @ 10:25 am
I'm back in Japan!  
Well, I was back in Japan, for one quick week. Dec 9-16. My first impression was how cold it was. I don't miss that. At. All!

Aside from dealing with the cold, I wasn't sure how I would feel returning to a place that held so many memories for me. A place that, until this trip, I still considered as my only real home. Living in Tokyo for nine years was the longest time that I'd ever lived in one single city. I moved around every 2-4 years growing up (Dad's job, as an Operating Engineer), and even college was just 4 short years for me in Phoenix. I've considered moving back to Phoenix, too, but I think that I'd be better off exploring somewhere new.

So, here I am left wondering where I actually belong. It's not Honolulu, Phoenix, and it's probably not Washington, either (though I haven't tried Seattle). I'd like to take the cats and move to Los Angeles next summer and try it out there, but will the city of angels feel like home, or will I still be consumed with a sense of not having found my place yet?

I think that I adore the idea of planets full of alien societies because I've never felt like I belong anywhere on Earth. I have three cats to conside, though, and moving is stressful for them so I probably should just put down roots somewhere and travel instead of move. Right?

But back to Japan!!  Read more on my new blog!

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night_owl_9: Kikinight_owl_9 on January 8th, 2017 12:40 am (UTC)
Wonderful! Love the pictures :)
Archaea: ARIAlil_monk on April 9th, 2017 08:34 am (UTC)
It has been a while since I returned to LJ, and decided to read your recent posts, and here's what this stranger reckons (given my own travels and having lived in at least 2 very different countries for several years, none of which involve USA):

You can grow up living in a state of a country for more than 15 years, and it can turn out not to be the home you love nor what you want for the future. You can live in a state of a country for several years not reaching a decade, love it, and still eventually feel as if it will always be a part of you, but it is not where you want to be for the future.

It's got to do with your own goals, your growth, your desires (and if a significant-other is involved), and your outlook. Some states in different countries will change, but what you fundamentally desire no longer resonates with where you have once lived.

So the next step in your adventure is to figure out where you want to be, and what to experience, and what you see yourself doing in 3 years' time (ask yourself that question, and see what ideas pop up), based on yourself :)