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Back in the U.S.S.R.!....oops I mean U.S.A.! :p

So I've been in America now for a couple of months, and all I can say is...I miss my home in Japan.

I could move back to Japan, and I really want to, but then I run into the problem that with ageing parents, I may be required to leave again, especially since my father is fine for now. Thankfully the chemotherapy worked. But it means that I should really think about my life in America for the long term.

Since I've moved to the U.S., I've been busy working around my parents' house and more recently my brother's house in California. It's amazing how much work needed to be done, but thankfully that, too, is drawing to a close soon.

Also, my 93-year-old grandmother passed away recently. She was my last surviving grandparent, and although I miss her, I am glad knowing that she passed away exactly as she wanted to: in her own house in her own bed.

I plan to return to school this autumn with any luck and study something new. It'll be sad resigning myself to life in the U.S. again, but perhaps my being here is for some higher cause, if only I can find it.

Wanting to go back to Japan is my selfish want; I need to find something better than being selfish.


First of all, I am glad to hear your father's doing well, and I am sorry about your grandmother.

I know exactly how you feel. I miss the US and would love to go back but I know I will be here in Japan for a long haul as my parents and relatives are getting old and they need me here.

Maybe there IS something to that old cliche that everything happens for a reason. I was not exactly keen on coming home but now I realise that if I had not, I would have regreted it down the line.

Just try to remember your being there is making someone you love happy.
Thank you.

Sounds like we have something in common. You're right, too; I know that I would have regretted not coming back if my father had not pulled through. That and I don't know whether I would have been able to make my grandmother's funeral if I had still been in Japan. At any rate, it was really good to see her one last time while she was still active and healthy.

I wish you continued luck, too!

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Sorry to hear about your grandmother, but it's good that you were able to be here at least.

I can understand the yearning to return to Japan, though you were there much longer than I was and probably feel it more than I do. My parents are, fortunately, both healthy for now, but they are undeniably getting older. My goal, though, is to head back for a year or two at least to see how it goes. But, who knows, I could still end up living in the U.S. permanently. Maybe it's a bit selfish, but I just know that I want to go back.

Anyway, as for you, you'll get more acclimated to life here over time and staying might not seem as undesirable as it feels right now. You have your whole life ahead of you and another session at school coming up--things will start happening and, before you know it, a few years might have passed by!

Good luck, my friend! We should chat again soon.
Yes, I agree, we must chat! I'll be in Cali until this coming Friday. We should chat then!

I think I've decided what to do for school. It's not what I was originally thinking of going into, but I decided to go back into what I went to school for in the first place, so many moons ago: engineering.

As for living in America...I guess it depends a lot on where you live. I don't want to live long-term where my parents do, because frankly it's too far out in the middle of nowhere. The nearest supermarket that sells Japanese goods (that I know of) is like an hour and a half away by car! I can live in America, but I refuse to give up my FOOD! lol
Allen, I'm sure the jobs are there, but you first need to overcome two major hurdles:
1. Getting a visa
2. Learning the language well enough where it won't be an impediment to your job functions.

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