Last day…

It’s my last day at my job today.

This year in Hamamatsu has gone by so fast. It feels like just yesterday that I was getting excited about moving here from Nagoya. And when I think that I’ve been in Japan for three years – well that seems hard to believe too.

My students have been so kind to me – yesterday I received all sorts of gifts and students even came in especially to see me when they didn’t have a class! One student – a lady in her seventies – actually brought tea and cake to her private lesson and said “let’s have a farewell party”. So, we drank canned “royal milk tea” and ate beautiful cakes and talked for 50 minutes. It was probably the most fun “lesson” I’ve ever had.

I’m so tired of saying goodbye though. I feel like I’ve run out of words. Simple “Thank yous” don’t seem grateful enough. “Goodbye” has lost its meaning after much overuse. So, I’d rather say “Till we meet again” – じゃあ、またね!

I'm not good at saying goodbye...

7 thoughts on “Last day…

  1. Ali, when I finally received the go-ahead for my husband to come to Canada, I couldn’t wait to leave.
    But when the time actually came and it was down to the crunch, I just couldn’t seem to get enough of Japan.
    When you mentioned the Royal Milk Tea, my eyes watered!! I used to drink that alot, when I wasn’t drinking M Coffee!!
    I was there for 7 years, and though I was excited to leave, by the end, I was saying goodbye to so many wonderful, big-hearted friends, I couldn’t imagine my life without them and was tempted to change my mind and stay.
    It’s an exciting new chapter you are opening in your life, but the chapter of Japan will always take a huge part of your heart. I know you have appreciated and enjoyed your time there. I can imagine what you are feeling. I’m getting nostalgic just remembering it. Just keep it close to your heart, never forget and I’m sure you will be back one day. It is too beautiful a place to ever really let go of. 🙂


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