A year ago today, we arrived in Japan. We were excited, anxious, nervous and just a little scared. Looking back, it has been one of the greatest experiences we’ve ever had.
As the “he” part of the blog team, I’ve had an amazing job experience this last year. Working in an international company has opened my eyes to the world. I’ve visited countries in the last year – Argentina, Korea, Russia, Hungary – that I never expected I would see. Working daily with people from a broad mix of cultures, languages and outlooks has been an interesting, challenging and wonderful experience. My only regret is that the year has gone by so fast. I know the next year will go even faster. I’m determined to get the most I possibly can from it.
One of the reasons we wanted to do this assignment was to have an opportunity to experience daily life in another culture. This has also been a great chance to do that. We live in an area where we can go days without seeing another Westerner. The language has, unfortunately, been more of a challenge than I expected. We are learning Japanese, but are far from being conversant. Still, the people here have been so patient and accepting. It has been remarkably easy for us to become comfortable and happy in our tiny little apartment. Yes, we miss our house, big yard, and lifestyle in the United States. But one day when we return, I know that we will miss our life here in Japan.
So, today we begin our second of two years in Japan. I can truly say I am excited and enthusiastic about what that year will bring.