Well, the end finally came. I knew that I would be moving away from Japan since December 16th but now it has finally become a reality. It’s funny but on my last night in Japan, I went out with a frisbee friend and he knew some people there and all of us were from the East Coast of the U.S. One from Connecticut, one from New Jersey, one from Queens, one from Long Island (me) and one from Delaware. Small world I tell you.
My last days in Japan were hectic, trying to get packed up and set up dinners and meetings to say goodbye to friends and colleagues. Trying to sort out which items I would not need until November was very difficult (when my shipment will arrive in Shanghai).
I will surely miss the good food of Japan, the cleanliness, and most importantly, the friends I made in my little corner of Tokyo.
There are a few things that I did not get to do, like go to the Tsukiji Fish Market. I will try to get there when I visit in the future.
One thing I won’t miss is the rental situation, and by that I mean how I will most likely NOT receive my security deposit back. My apartment was spotless when I left and I didn’t have much hanging on the wall so there were not any big holes. However, the landlord will most likely keep my deposit (about $1700) because of a “cleaning” fee. In Japan, this is how they do business.
In the U.S., someone would be confronted by John Stossel from 20/20. In my next life, I want to be a landlord in Japan because it is the best scam going.
I am sad to be moving from the friends that I made in the three years that I was there but I am excited to meet a whole new bunch of people. I wonder what they will be like and where they will be from. The unknown excites me.
Anyhoo, Japan, you were an amazing chapter in my life and I thank you for all the memories. I don’t like to say goodbye so I will just say see you later.