One of the principle ideas of Larry David’s show, Curb Your Enthusiasm, is that people aren’t really all that interested in hearing about the great things that someone has been up to, hence the title. I realize that upon returning from Japan that there are very few people that I can share the experiences that I had with. There are people that flat out won’t care. There are people that will care, but can’t understand. Usually when I get back from a trip and people ask me how it is, I relay a couple of the stronger moments and move on. I don’t really want to bore anyone and I’m very aware that what I might have been through on a journey is not all that relatable. Sometimes, you just had to be there.
However, on this blog I try to use my personal likes and dislikes, my personal experiences and biases, as a way to take a different look at our culture and our world. So I will have no choice but to write here about what I’ve seen and thought over the last week in upcoming days. This trip has left me with a flood of emotions and ideas. I learned and experienced an incredible amount of things. I will try to not make it a simple trip journal, as again I hope not to bore you. I do hope to be able to use these experiences to dive into bigger ideas that might be of interest to those of you that have never been to this part of the world.
I left Tokyo on Monday at 6:40pm and somehow arrived back in Austin on Monday at 6pm. That’s right, I arrived earlier on Monday then when I departed. It’s probably as close to time travel as I’ll ever get. Tonight I rest. Tomorrow I will try to make some sense of what I saw and get back into the regular schedule of blogging.