11 days into life as a Tokyoite and I have been attacked by mosquitoes, seen the largest beetle in the land and encountered a jumping spider. Granted it was the size of a fingernail but that’s not the point. It was a spider that jumps. That’s not normal. I’ve never seen something like that without a David Attenborough voice over. Oh how I screamed. Despite these encounters with nature’s finest, my life here is more than I’d hoped for. I’m exercising, studying, reading, dreaming and strolling aimlessly through the streets. I thought my trip would solely be about studying and eating. I never realised that this time would afford me the opportunity to recharge. The strange thing is, I cannot remember a moment in my adulthood where I felt so empowered and content.
I really thought I’d have more time to go through my photographs, write blog posts from 2012 and catch up with emails. I soon realised that it’s far too hot and exciting to do that. Those emails will wait, those blog posts will wait. For once, I am living in the moment and everything else will simply have to show a little patience. Though I must admit that this exact moment consists of cold water and a rapidly spinning fan dangerously close to my face. I still cannot understand how people tolerate this heat and humidity. I haven’t worn a touch of make-up over the last week quite simply because it melts off before I’ve left the house. Very chic!
Whilst the world is giddy with happiness over the Royal birth, I’m sitting here excited by my own news: I received my first year results: I passed! I received very high marks for my Japanese modules and mediocre ones for my French (the shame). My options for next year have been accepted and now the focus is on prep for October. The last academic year was a challenge and I’m proud to see my efforts paid off but I have a feeling it’s only the beginning. But I will deal with that in a few months. For now, back to Tokyo…
Questions of whether I could make Tokyo my home permanently or at least for a year or so abound. It’s so easy here. Everything is clean, works and is open all the time. At night I sleep with the windows unlocked and wide open, my neighbours are friendly and well, my relationship with Japanese food only deepens, plus there are more than enough French restaurants to keep my bread cravings at bay. Right now though, my immediate future is in London but this trip is helping me to realise that, should I decide to relocate, Tokyo is a pretty good option. Japan and its people have welcomed me with open arms. I only hope that when it is time for me to leave, I can stop crucifying their language for long enough to thank them accordingly.