Obviously, this blog had been destined to be renamed Tokyo Tales, and would have chronicled my adventures in a new and exciting city.
Events have changed that plan, as they have so many other plans.
The past few days have seen a LOT of soul searching, but in the end I have decided to leave Japan, and travel to Europe for a little while. This was not an easy decision to make, but I had to look at my reasons for staying. While I love Japan, and Kanazawa, I had to look towards my future. As long as I was making a good investment in my future, for example courting a beautiful woman with a strong wedding bell possibility, I could stay and enjoy myself. With that option gone, I had to think about whats next. Staying here would be staying in the past, and I think half the reason I want/ed to stay was so if she had a change of heart, I'd be available.
This is obviously a VERY bad reason for staying. I have rather painfully, but successfully so far, put the past behind me. While a planned happy future is gone, I have made it my goal to plan an even happier and better future for myself. To this end, I think I have learned what I needed to learn here, and that further time in Japan, while very enjoyable, wouldn't really be putting me on the path that I need to be on.
So, I have three weekends left, two in Kanazawa, one in Osaka. Then I will fly to Hong Kong for five days, and then I will bid the Orient adieu (for now) and jet off towards the Occident and a family rendezvous in Paris! I'm certainly going to keep my blog going, and update from my new European adventures as much as possible. To that end though, I'm going to need a new title. Any ideas, loyal readers?