When I was first hired by the English school I work for, they gave me the option of where I’d like to work. I gave it some thought — serious thought — and told them Nagoya or Tokyo. I’d spent four months in the former, familiarizing myself with the city, while the latter held old friends and endless possibilities. I couldn’t decide, so I let the company decide. They chose Tokyo.
There are times when I wonder if I made the right choice. Compared to Tokyo, Nagoya is much smaller and more manageable. It’s cheaper. There are far fewer foreigners (which actually makes a difference). On the other hand, Tokyo is… Tokyo. It’s one of the largest cities in the world. It’s home to famous places I’ve heard or read about for years: Shibuya, Shinjuku, Harajuku, Roppongi, Akihabara, Tokyo Tower. If something big happens in Japan, it probably happens in Tokyo.
Going back to Nagoya gave me a taste of nostalgia, and while I do miss it from time to time, I have to say that I’m glad the company picked Tokyo. When people I know some to Japan, they come here. Akihabara is the biggest center of Japanese pop culture around. I may never get to see my old online-gaming friends here, but I’ve made new friends. It’s not perfect, but it’s home.