shadows of life, in and out
That is how I describe life in Japan. That was my initial reaction when I was first assigned here in April of 2003. That description is still applicable, at least for me, even after eight long years. I am getting used to it and I think I was able to catch-up its hurried pace. It took some time to adjust but once I went with the flow, everything seemed fine. Well, not all the time. I am still human after all, if you know what I mean.
Everyone’s like a shadow in Nihon. Sometimes you see, sometimes you don’t. It’s amazing to see almost everyone in a hurry, leaving me in wonder at the same spot. Too fast that I need to play it back on my mind to see if I missed something or not. This was the inspiration of the video I made (all clips taken by my iphone4) and this summarizes my life in Japan, in slow motion. A bit lonely but that wasn't my intention. Haha!
It’s tedious to think that you are always catching with time. The only way to escape from these pressures is to pack your bags and hide in a place where life is in slow motion. A place where you can just sit back, relax and appreciate everything around you. Just realized that for the past 8 months, I've been going to business trips. I am looking for that vacation as it was already approved by my superior. Maybe he realized I am going insane. It will be a short break but would be enough to re-charge my energy and save my sanity.
I am loving Japan despite its accelerated lifestyle. I can even think of myself settling down here. Just don't ask me if I am already fluent with Japanese language. That would make me want to leave Japan right away!