I'm in Tokyo.
And it is glorious.
And it is glorious.
I can't really explain it, honestly, it feels like I'm living in some kind of bizarre dream world. It's not real, but at the same time, it's so fantastically real.
I love the city. It was so overwhelming when I first got here, but now I've gotten used to it. I figured out the train system and now I can go anywhere I want with my nifty pass. I figured out banking, how to get a cell phone, the best places to get coffee. I figured out how to survive. And then I promptly fell in love with the city. It's magical. It takes my breath away, I am so in love with this place, I can't comprehend leaving. I've never lived somewhere so invigorating. I've never been so inspired in my life.
There's school. Oh man, school in the middle of all this! I'm in an ivy league school, one of the very best in Asia, and it's an interesting new environment. I'm in the department of International Liberal Studies and everyone is either bilingual or trilingual. It is truly international- in one class alone, I have classmates for Qatar, New Zealand, Holland, Mongolia, Indonesia, China, Korea, and of course Japan. I've met incredible people, incredibly intelligent people who are passionate about what they are studying. I've met inspiring professors. I feel intellectually stimulated. I'm taking classes that challenge me and make me think about bigger pictures. I've never felt so inspired.
It makes me want to travel more. Really, I don't have much desire to return to the US. I want to see the world, I have this overwhelming desire to see and learn about every place. I want to go places and learn languages and study history, culture, politics of every country... I have this overwhelming desire for knowledge. I want to know everything! That sounds ridiculous when written, but it's true. I want to learn about everything.
In one of my classes we were talking about the modernization of Japan that occurred during the Meiji restoration. Scholars were sent out to other countries and would stay there for years, learning the language, the culture, everything about the place. Then they would return to Japan with everything they'd learned.
I was sitting in class thinking, "wow, that's my dream job."
I want to go everywhere, learn as many languages as possible, study the world from various different perspectives. I'm here now, this is my start in Japan. Living and learning in Tokyo for a year.
I've never felt so alive. This post doesn't even touch the tip of it.