A Look Back: Day 12

After eleven days back in Japan, it was hard not to feel like a failure. Everything...we...did...involved...so...much...struggle—and waiting. You see, in Japan officials are very particular about the order that things happen in. There's no expediting a process. If you need a certain piece of ID to get something set up, there are often no alternate pieces of ID that you can use. If a certain set of steps is prescribed, you have to follow the pre-defined method. In a culture that emphasizes…

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Day 1: The adventure continues...

Life in Japan takes many unexpected twists and turns. We've learned that the best way to cope is to treat every obstacle as a challenge to be mastered. 

Here's a look at our first day back in the country, following our year in Canada:

Day 1
After 30+ hours of travel by train and plane, we have arrived back in the country. We are greeted at the airport by some of our closest Okinawan friends, who are there along with their kids (despite the late hour), and a big sign saying "Welcome Home...

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