japan on my mind
December 8, 2010 § 4 Comments
O.T. is in Japan this entire week. He was given a personal invitation to provide a talk on his research in semi-conductor technology. For the second time this year, he’s been flown in, shacked up, and exploring all sorts of temples and onsens, and feasting on fresh sushi in his spare time. Oh, am I ever green as a Christmas tree! He knows how badly, terribly, achingly I’ve always wanted to go to Japan. He knows it so well that he was on the brink of purchasing my flight so I can crash his stay. I imagine I could be blogging a much different post today from an executive suite in Kyoto. But I, regretfully, declined. I’ve got several classes left to instruct before my programs are over and I want to be there to bid my students farewell with their completed projects.
Technically speaking, I was actually in Japan last summer. And, adhering to that form of technicality, I can say I’ve actually been to Japan a handful of occasions. Of course, those times were just dismal hours spent while in transit at the airports of Tokyo-Narita, Nagoya, and Osaka, unable to step outside of the gates. At best, I surveyed all the corners of the airport terminals, clenching on to any remnant of quirky Japanese culture at the shops and food courts.
One day, Japan, I will see past your airport gates.