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sakura and asakusa home

Posted by
timothy sullivan (Tokyo, Japan) on 21 March 2008 in Cityscape & Urban.

this will be my 5th sakura season; when i type that, i truly cannot believe that i have been living in japan for this long. sometimes it seems that this has been a really long journey; and at other times, it seems as though i have never quite left "home". i know it will sound strange, but part of me feels as though japan has always been a part of me-. when i was in elementary school, one of my classmates' fathers came here on a business trip; when he went back to the states, he stopped in for a "show and tell" day-- showing us some of his photos and talking of his experience here. i do not recall exactly what he had to say on this country; i do, however, remember that he had given us each a 1Y coin.
that single coin opened my eyes to the possibility of crossing an ocean and eventually making it here; the more that i read on japanese culture, and the more that i i talked about life here-- was the more that i realized that a very essential part of me was longing to return to a place where it belonged.
several things tear me apart; and i think these will be mentioned in future posts. the thing that tears me apart the most right now is the fact that my heart has two homes-- here and with my family. and, unfortunately, my family does not live here.
and this year: this year will be my first cherry blossom season in asakusa. i cannot wait to see how it goes--

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