Thursday, 18 March 2010

Loving two worlds

As I mentioned last week, it has taken me a while to get back into the swing of things in Tokyo. For a while, with the glow of my visit to Olympic Vancouver still on, I was questioning my desire to stay in Japan. But slowly I've gotten my groove back. Today was a day that reminded me why I am here, an easy day for a things I love Thursday!

I spent the morning at SnB - while we haven't had many the past few months, there was a great turn out today, and we took over one side of the second floor of the coffee shop. I'm sure there were more than a few salarymen freaked out by the large group of foreign women laughing and talking loudly in English!

I left there and headed off to spend my afternoon with a very different group - all Japanese and almost all male. I had been invited to attend a meeting/mini-conference held by a group of about two dozen museums. It was very well attended and the discussion was much more lively than I had expected. It gave me a lot to think about, and reminded me that just because I'm graduating next week does not mean my opportunities to learn and discuss are coming to an end.

Two very different groups, two very different meetings, two very different parts of my life here, two very different things to love!


  1. Good to hear you've gotten your groove back in Japan. You're a special person to be able to enjoy in a deep way such diversity. And learning definitely continues after graduation! love, C

  2. The other day, when I went out for drinks with dad, my advisor, and a friend, my advisor responded to my comment of "wow I can't believe it's over" by saying quite forcefully that while I may no longer be A student I am still HIS student, and he expects me to come to study groups and, perhaps more importantly, I'm still supposed to drink with him on a regular basis!... So I guess nothing much will change despite graduating! ;)

  3. That's so funny - I guess your supervisor doesn't want to lose a good drinking buddy! love, C