Sebastian Morgan- student, teacher… Osakan?

"A path is made by walking on it"    - Zhuang Zi

“A path is made by walking on it”
– Zhuang Zi

大家好。今天是特别的天。我到日本搬家!我很兴奋,还很紧张。从明天到三月我要住在大板,成留学和旅游。我从两个月前想去日本所以今天像是梦。我不会信!下周星期一我在飞机要去上海,开始长旅行。要去云南和广西,还要去泰国和越南。一般旅游独,可是八月会我的朋友。她叫安琪,跟我在马德里学习了但是完了课程。我很眼红!
我现在得完写。得去闸口。下周想写一下。拜拜!

Today I move to Japan.

Sat in the departures lounge of Madrid Barajas Airport and my brain still hasn’t processed that sentence. Japan! That’s 6616.43 miles, 1,064,812 metres, 12 hours on a plane across 2 continents. Tomorrow marks day one of my seven month Asian adventure. Two months crossing China and South East Asia, followed by 5 months of exchange at the University of Osaka. This is the first time in four years that I’ve defected, and although it won’t be the first time I’ve lived abroad, it is the furthest I’ve ever been from home for more than a couple of months. My stomach is a cocktail of butterflies and childlike excitement (think 6 year old airlifted into Disneyland). It’s a new chapter for me (though hopefully one with fewer clichés). As I so often like to tag in my Facebook and Instagram posts, this guiri is going on tour!

I could continue to rant on for hours about how I’m feeling right now but to avoid loosing that which is more important to me than anything else in this life, your attention dear reader. We shall move swiftly on to the photo. The symbolism is mind blowing is it not? (I really hope blogs register sarcasm). I took this photo last year at Hongu Taisha, one of the three main shrines of Japan’s ethereal Kumano Kodo. Dominating the landscape is the largest torii gate in the world, visible from the surrounding mountain tops. The shrine itself, now relocated to a nearby hilltop after it suffered flood damage in 1889, is one of the most important of the Shinto faith and for over 900 years stood on the confluence between the Kumano and Otonashi rivers: where the torii now stands. Passing under this titanic construction, you become aware that you are entering an area of extreme spiritual importance. For me this otherworldliness is very similar to that wave of bewilderment that crashes into you when you step off the plane for the first time and onto the foreign land that is to become your home. Admittedly this isn’t the moon landing, I’m not the first person to move to another country poor to write a blog about it for that matter, but this still is going to be one hell of a journey.

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