In 2020 I had the privilege of spending two months in Japan. It had been 8 years for me since I last visited Japan. As loyal readers of this blog will know, I have spent a year living in Japan in 2011-2012. That experience was incidentally also my first time to visit Japan and it changed my life.
Despite having fallen in love with Japan, I moved back to Belgium in 2012, following the plan that had been laid out from the start. I was anxious to get back to Japan quickly but life happened and I was unable to travel for several years. Fast forward to December 2019. I impulsively decided that now was the time and come March 3rd 2020, I found myself on an airplane to Japan!
Arriving in Japan felt like coming home. I spent two months reconnecting with Japan and it nourished my soul. Japan didn’t seem to have changed all that much. I however had and it was interesting to rediscover my relationship with Japan. My sense of awe at every little aspect of life that has fueled this blog in the past seems to have given way to something that I can only describe as a deeper personal bond with Japan. I attribute this mostly to the fact that the past 8 years for me have been filled with the study of traditional Japanese culture like tea ceremony and kimono, although age might also be a contributing factor.
I came home from my travels with a renewed passion for all the things that I love about Japan. It has inspired me to resume writing articles on The Japans. As I write, I hope to keep learning about Japan and to further explore my evolving relationship with Japanese culture. I hope you will join me on my journey!