Ready for the Return

The time for return has arrived.  Tomorrow I board a plane for the final leg of my ‘Round-the-World extravaganza — Tokyo to the San Francisco Bay.  Japan has been wonderful beyond my imagination.  The beauty and history of Kyoto constrasted with the hyper-modernity of Tokyo have offered vast insight into a completely unique culture.  From toys to temples, baths to bamboo, not to mention sushi, shrines, Christmas and New Year’s Eve, Japan has stolen my heart and enflamed my mind.  Since I’ve been here, though, thoughts of resuming up my “normal” routine have begun to bubble to the surface, and, oddly, I haven’t tried to suppress them.  In fact, it was just a few days ago when I realized that I was ready to return to my life in California and the United States.  I must say, I miss that life.  This trip has been incredible, from start to finish, but my life back home is pretty darn incredible, too.  I have a lot to look forward to in 2008 and this trip has only reaffirmed that.  What’s more, I’ve begun to tire of being constantly on the move, of always eating out, of never really understanding what is being said to me, and never know how to say anything back.  Yes, I’m ready for home.   I have so much more to say and share about Japan, but it will have to wait until I am back at keys of my trusty Powerbook.  With what little time I have here, I’ve been focussing on photos, and concentrating on capturing all that I can, in my mind’s eye.  I figure I’ll have plenty of time to post back in Oakland. 

Happy New Year to you all!  I’ll see you in a few. 


  1. I knew going to Asia would change you. Will be VERY interesting to hear how you assimilate your experiences and how you feel about your ethnicity, your nationality and your lifestyle in the months to come – now that you’ve seen things so totally different.

    I returned to find that I wasn’t so ashamed to be white after all. At the same time, after seeing people in Thailand live with so little, i set about my life trying to simplify and that’s when i got rid of my car. A little doing without reminds me of all those in the world who live with so much less.

    And there are so many great white people and even Americans!

    Welcome home. Gee – that went so fast!

    – David

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