Friday, September 18, 2009

Love Letter to Japan

From the west to the east I have flown to be near you
I have come all this way to be close, to be here with you
And now, all my heart I will lay down precisely at your feet

My beloved, oh my sweet
All the gifts you have given me
The patience and the peace,
Cherry blossoms and the candy,
I am yours, I am yours
For as long, for as long as you will have me

Dearest one, I had a dream
I mouthed the words,
The sound came out,
I spoke to you in Japanese
Oh, my love I cannot see, I heard your name
I know at once there was no place I'd rather be
All at once there was no place that I would rather be

I packed my bag, I'm on my way
I am prepared for any season
I am prepared to stay
Here is my heart, my beating heart
Oh, how I'm longing for this love affair to start
How I'm longing for this love affair to finally start

I'm taking the plunge. I've accepted a job offer in Japan, and I'm moving there in November. For a year. To teach, to write, to live, to experience life in one of the most fascinating places I have ever been to. Montreal will always be home, and television contracts will always be there. I want to do something that will make me truly happy, and I'm longing for an adventure.

 I'm taking a deep breath, and I'm jumping in. This time, on my own.

Hello, Japan.


mina said...

This is fabulous, I'm so excited for you! You will love it. Maybe we'll see you there!

Vivian said...

Mina, thanks! It would be so great to meet up there!!! We never know... let's keep each other posted!

Anonymous said...

Um, can you please be there NOW? I want to start hearing about this adventure asap!

Cupcakes and Cashmere said...

aw i'm so happy for you, Vivian! this is such an incredible opportunity and i love how you're jumping right in. plus, i think i saw the bird and the bee once in LA. does the girl have a suuuper cute look and a really sweet voice? loves it. congratulations.

Anonymous said...

J'aurais pensé que Annie partirait la première....peut-etre suivra-t-elle tes pas pour poursuivre son reve, on ne sait jamais!
Je te souhaite une année merveilleuse dans ce pays magnifique et des tas de surprises de toutes sortes.
Au plaisir de se rencontrer un de ces jours!

Vivian said...

Thanks, everyone, I'm so excited!

Roberte- Annie va venir me visiter j'en suis sûre! Et vous devriez peut-être la suivre ;)

Anonymous said...

Beautiful poem! I'm ecstatic for you. Even though November makes me another year older, I'd wish it is november already so I can hear about your experience :D

Anait said...

Felicitations!! When you want something enough, there is always a way to make it happen. Can't wait to read your stories from there, I am sure many exciting, challenging and fantastic adventures await you!

Coffee_c said...

I am so proud of you my dearest friend! This adventure will be such a fun challenge, and I am sure you'll surprise yourself in being so confortable in this foreign world.
I can't wait to read your stories, and most definitely share some sake, sushi and delectable moments with you in Japan.

shannon said...

whooooooooa, awesome. of course, you're going to come back and visit seoul while you're there right? let me know if you need a couch^^

Tania said...

OMG that's so exciting!!! I wish i now had something exciting waiting for me, too. I'm so enviouuus.
:D I'm sure you'll love it, i really hope you do

Life Abroad said...

Congratulations!!! This is such an exciting new chapter of your life, it's fantastic news! Japan seems like such a beautiful, fascinating country, I'm looking forward to experiencing it through your blog :)

A Girl in Asia said...

Wow - congratulations! How exciting! And now you'll be a fellow girl in Asia (again) :-). Can't wait to read all about it. Where in Japan will you be?

danceofthecosmos said...

Wow Vivian! Congrats! How exciting. I wish the best to you in your new adventure in Japan (:

Kelly said...


I am ecstatic for you right now!!!!
You are so brave and lucky to be able to do this! I cannot wait to hear about your adventures!!!


Nicole Marie said...

wait wait what what what!!! ohhhh mmyy goshhhh!!! how exciting!!!!! congratulations!!!!

seasonal lust said...

congratulations and bon voyage my dear!! you are more inspiring than you will ever know.

i will be living vicariously through you and through your blog.

i knew this life was too ordinary for a gal like you. =)

{lovely little things} said...

That's so exciting!! I'm hoping to visit Japan next summer, I'll be sure to get all the good sight recommendations from you once you're a native! Congrats on the new job, very exciting. A new adventure!

The Haute-Shopper said...

Wow, good for you! I've only visited Japan once, but I'm dying to go back. You only live once, so you might as well take any opportunity you can get to experience more of the world. Will you be in Tokyo? Good luck, I'm sure it will be an amazing experience :)

defining amy said...

i'm so thrilled for you!! congrats!! i will be happily following along with your adventures. asia rocks. so do you.

Beth Dunn said...

That sounds amazing! I would love to live there. xoxo

K @ Blog Goggles said...

Oh my gosh, that's awesome! Congrats!! If you ever stop by Hong Kong, we should definitely meet up :)

maeghan said...

SO. FREAKING. EXCITING. Simultaneously ECSTATIC and JEALOUS of you! I want to go to Japan!!! Hope it's absolutely everything you hope it will be. Exciting Exciting Exciting!!! :D

Madeleine said...

Congrats and a big good luck!

p.s. what a great song

ANDY said...

I think that the way you love Asia is the same way I got obsessed with Montreal at one stage...for many years it was the only place I wanted to be, I was seriously obsessed with it!!! Now its Paris, there is no other place like Paris to me...

Good luck in this new adventure girl!!!
all the best to you!