I knew I’d need this thing again someday, and as it turns out, I’ll be needing it pretty soon. I’ve applied and been accepted to be an exchange student at Aichi Shukutoku Daigaku (the only slot they gave WVU for the year, they tell me), so I’ll get to go back to Japan for an entire semester. At least, I will as soon as I wade through the stack of daunting paperwork for both my school and theirs. Filling out forms, writing statements, and getting recommendations and references for the program, for registration, and for two scholarships (which I probably won’t get) have been the most stressful things for me this semester.
Meanwhile, the program I was a part of last year will send people to Japan again this summer, though with its excursions more evenly spaced and with only five people. I know we were the inaugural group, with a few kinks to be expected, and I really had an amazing time… but I can’t say I don’t envy this year’s people a little. Not just for the minor improvements and smaller group, but because they’ll be going back to a place I’d just started getting familiar with and still find myself missing now and again. If I can find the time during my next visit — which might be difficult, considering I’ll be attending a regular university schedule, near as I can tell — I’ll go back to Higashi Osaka-shi and revisit my little corner again, however briefly.
I’m also considering going a little sooner, but I won’t elaborate until I’ve got more information. Suffice to say this blog will see new life by August, at the latest.