I had an incredible 24 months in Japan on the JET Programme, but I think my last two months will go down as some of my all-time favourites.
…which, I think, is part of the reason why I’m finding it so hard to be home “for good.”
I don’t really have a reason why those last two months were so amazing. It’s not like I had extravagant travel plans (a day-trip to Lake Tazawa, while so much fun!, is not extravagant ;)) and those two months certainly weren’t stress-free (moving suuuucks). But, in those last two months, I checked even more items off my bucket list. I ate all my favourite foods. I got closer to my JET friends and co-workers than ever before. I had incredible last classes with all of my students, whom I miss every single day. I made wonderful memories and left Japan feeling so happy and in love with the country and everyone in it–
–only to come home to the same old, same old.
I thought that I had everything in place for my return home – I’ve been accepted into school, I have a part-time job lined up, I’m back living with my parents – but isn’t that exactly what my life was like two years ago? Did those two years where I had my own apartment, my own car, and a full-time job in a foreign country, even happen??
Don’t get me wrong, my first Tim Horton’s tea tasted like heaven, and no other place in the world does fish & chips with dressing and gravy like Newfoundland, and there are new buildings and businesses open all over the place here to explore, and being with family and friends is nice – but it all feels, blah.
I definitely think that I am experiencing reverse culture shock. Now I just have to figure out how to deal with it.
…in the meantime, I’ve already started daydreaming about my next trip back to Japan. (^^)