A short extract of a post that features in my book about the Great East Japan Earthquake, The Teas That Bind:
It feels as if it has been a long time coming, following the many steps that have brought me from there to here. Finally, barring a few administrative hurdles still to be negotiated, I will be a Tokyo resident.
I have other plans for this new start. Including the locating of the perfect writing cafe, maybe to get a bike or to walk around more, not because the trains are stopped this time, but for the fun of it. There are bars to find, friends to meet and streets to explore. I can’t wait to see what Tokyo has to show me once I am a resident and no longer a visitor.
So this isn’t an end, or the beginning of the end. It is perhaps the end of the beginning.
Sayonara Kashiwa. Konnichiwa Tokyo.
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