Waku waku (suru)! I recently learned, means I am excited. Or shall I say doki doki (suru), meaning I’m excited and nervous at the same time? Either way, I’m off to Japan again in two more days. My excitement is always a given, my nervousness is a result of being by myself for about two weeks before I’m joined by my husband. I looked for a travel companion but it was a half-hearted attempt because I was a bit ambivalent about having to think about anyone other than myself while traveling. The timing was not good for those I’d asked and I decided that was a definite sign to go it alone for a while.
So I’ll be setting my own agenda, lingering too long at places, eating too early or too late some days, and in general, just following my own instincts without consideration of any one else. It will be wonderful at times, a bit lonely at times, but always interesting.
Some well-meaning people will be sorry for me, but I will not share in their sorrow. I’ve been to Japan many times so I am familiar with the do’s and dont’s of the culture. I’ll use my gaijin license if necessary or when I feel like a bad ass. This means, that because I’m a foreigner in Japan, there’s no way I can possibly know how to do everything correctly, so I am given an imaginary license to make mistakes. Or do the wrong thing, as the case may be.
The loneliness I will feel will probably come around meals, but there’s freedom there too, to grab a take out and eat in my own room while watching tv, or writing a blog. I speak a little Japanese now and am eager to try out my new words. I know where to get $$ from atm’s when I run out. I also know for a woman alone it’s about as safe a country as you can find. This trip, I’m determined to take a few day trips on my own to travel by train outside of Kyoto.
After a bit of a rough patch physically, I’m feeling more healthy than I have been for a while. For those wondering, I have asthma, but I’m now armed with different meds and am able to breathe so much more easily.
I am grateful for my new lease on life. I am grateful for the wonderful opportunity to return again to Japan to continually find inspiration there. So doki doki is tolerable and part of the package of moving forward in life. How wonderful to say waku waku (suru) as well!
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