I thought I’d post a personal update to let everyone know how we are doing. Both Toshiaki and I are fine and adjusting to life in Japan. At the present we are separated but check in on each other almost daily.
He is in Yamada with his family. After I left Yamada, he had intentions to stay and be of service wherever needed. We have been fortunate to be in a position that he can do that for a while and I can take some time to find the perfect employment situation here in Tokyo. He first approached the volunteer team set up in Yamada however, as seen (fortunately) in many places, plenty of volunteers have signed up for the summer and his services were not needed at this time. He has however, proceeded to assist his mom and dad; cooking, doing spring cleaning and giving some needed attention to their home, as well as assisting his carpenter brother.
I have spent my time re-connecting with many of my friends and business acquaintances, while trying to keep up on important issues and maintain these two websites (Renew Yamada), a more time consuming job then I imagined. Thanks to Steve Rypka, who has volunteered his time to work with me on the websites. If anyone is in need of hiring a knowledgable webmaster, I highly recommend Steve at Green Dream. Thanks also to skype, I have been able to stay connected “face to face” with family and friends and have enjoyed some “meetings” via skype. I have some applications submitted for potential employment and a variety of “fun” part-time jobs in the works also. I have learned not to get excited until the right job is secured.
I am really practicing “living in the moment.” I do feel like I’m in a “hallway”… between two lives, and two careers. I honestly don’t know what direction I will take, but I am staying alert to the arrows. Now I know how newly graduated younger students feel… so much freedom mixed with so much uncertainty. In the meantime, JoAnn’s home, as always, is so welcoming and I enjoy my moments to meditate, write, walk, have some fellowship and experience life. It almost takes having an empty nest (or in our case, flying out of the nest) to get to this point.
I do miss my family and friends in the States but am very grateful for technology. Until later, I hope you are all enjoying your present moments.