After three months in the US, I landed back in Israel for three weeks. I have been moving around a lot during these past weeks! Visiting relatives, staying in different homes, and being asked, again and again, where am I living nowadays? and what is going on?
When I say that I am moving to Japan people are astonished, and so am I.
I cannot believe this is actually happening. Yes, I have been dreaming of moving to Japan, but I am also feeling blissful in front of such a big change in my life. By now, I am quite experienced with drastic changes, moving countries, saying goodbyes and starting over. My life has been full of this for the past decade. It is hard. It can be frightening and emotionally draining at times. But I came to love it.
I am not entirely sure why. I think it has to do with feeling fresh, or simply alive. The search for finding myself, yet again, in a new place, rediscovering basic needs, often helps me reach a sense of inner stability.
Ok that’s nice, but why did I come back to Israel and now I am heading to Japan?
(And my connection is in Paris, by the way)
As a MEXT Scholarship recipient from Israel, my flight to Japan was booked for me by MEXT (which is amazing) from Israel to Japan. My entire application procedure for the scholarship was from Tel Aviv. Which meant back and forth trips to the Embassy from Jerusalem (where I lived) over a year-long period. It was a long process.
I have to say that I am super impressed by the Japanese people who work at the embassy and speak fluent Hebrew. Which brings me to… I will have to work hard on my Japanese.
I am landing straight into a six months period of language school. I did study Japanese in the past. But Japanese is very very difficult and I haven’t used it in four years.
I have to be in school the morning after I land. I’m excited to be a student again! I hope I remember how to.
I am going to be so jet-lagged haha Wish me luck 🙂
Community Garden in Givatayim
The Valley of the Cross, Jerusalem
Tel Aviv Beach