Jen and I leave for Japan this coming Monday. It's the first time either of us will visit the country. I am excited, to say the least. It's been on the list for a while now.
My parents and sister lived there for two years (before I was born). I don't have much info from them about it, aside from that they liked their time there.
We'll be going to Tokyo and Kyoto.
Did I say I'm excited?
My notes, lists and personal recommendations are long and varied. I have a fear that we'll miss out on a lot. That we won't see everything. Jen says, "It'll be a good reason to go back. If we like it." We believe we will, quite a bit.
Japan just experienced a magnitude 6.5 earthquake in Kyushu, Japan's southernmost island. It's sobering. Especially recalling 2011's tragic 9.0. We'll be going from one earthquake-prone place to another. Life moves forward.
It'll be the first time for me, to be in a country or place where I don't understand the primary language. In Malaysia and parts of Southeast-Asia, I know the language or can pick up on it. In Japan, we won't. This thrills me. Out of the comfort zone!
The trip comes at a good time — my mind is a touch muddy, and it's time to give it a good cleansing.
It's time to get inspired.
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