I can't even begin to describe how weird it's been, not being there for almost a year.
I wanna say i've missed it, but that'd be a gross understatement.
It's almost like i've mourned the loss of it? Even though it's obviously still there!
It's hard to explain, but not going there for over a year, not seeing our friends, not going to the places i usually go to for two months out of the year, not hearing people speak Japanese on a daily basis... i sincerely hope i never have to do that again.
I suppose it's not too hard to guess why we haven't been to Japan at all in 2011, and i wish i could say i think it's safe there, but i don't. I don't think it's safe at all.
And i don't know if going back is a good idea at this time.
All i know is that i miss it so much, i don't even care about any of that anymore.
We booked a short trip, just 2 weeks, our shortest ever, and in February no less.
I've never even been there in the winter before.
It's probably wet and cold, and yet; again with the not caring.
We found cheap tickets, we had to no other plans, and it just felt right.
And, much to our surprise, we just got word from Shige that he managed to fit us in for some tattooing while we're there too. Unexpected and so lucky! He's the best.
I seriously can't wait to see everyone.
Maybe i'll finally get to meet this little bumblebee? I hope so!
*Still trying to grow out the undercut in that picture... ugh...