This may come as a surprise to you, or it may not, but Jordan and I have decided to sign on for another year in Japan. It has been an exceptionally difficult decision for us to make this year, and we’ve been solidly planted on the fence, wavering between 45-55% on any given day. I swear I was starting to get proverbial slivers from all the shifting back and forth. Whether we’ve made the right decision or not I don’t even really care anymore, I’m just glad to be off that fence.
We had a lot of things to consider, and I won’t bore you with all the details, but while we had initially planned to stay for 2-3 years, we’ve decided to “challenge” a fourth. This is on the conditions that (a) it is to be our last year and (b) we will start actively working on our “exit strategies.” As fun as “funemployment” sounds, we’d like to minimize it in our post-Japan lives as much as possible. I mean, we’re already married, we can’t very well go back to living in our parents’ basements, can we? …can we?
So to those back in Canada who were hoping they’d be getting us back this August, sorry but you’ll have to wait a little bit longer. Or think of it this way, you have another year’s worth of chances to visit! To those in Japan, well, here’s to another year. And I think a few people owe me some cookies and some sake.
To those reading our blog, thanks for your support and we hope to branch out a bit from the usual tales of travel and food, to discussing more thought-provoking Japan-related issues and ideas. Our brains are getting rusty over here so we want to get them going again as we prepare to eventually go back to a world where conversations go deeper than “How are you?” and, if you’re lucky, “It’s cold today, isn’t it?”