September is coming to an end, and summer is definitely gone, thank goodness. September was quite a disastrous month for me, as many things fell apart in my Marugame world. How I managed to survive (almost) a year living in a rural area is somewhat of a miracle, if you ask anyone who knows me well. I love Shikoku island and I consider myself lucky to have been able to experience living in one of the most beautiful, rugged areas of Japan. Looking back, I had a wonderful year, filled with friendships and traveling and excitement.
Lately I haven't been smitten with too many things around here, as I'm growing tired of the small-town lifestyle and the constant gossip and everyone knowing about everyone else's private matters. This has been so stressful and it's been making my life here so difficult, as I hate feeling exposed and conspicuous. Living in this small community sometimes resembles high school, and I'm exhausted from all the drama. I've been shying away from big gatherings and instead spending quality time with close friends, which is such a refreshing change. I've been thinking a lot and making important decisions, and hoping for the best.
Evenings like tonight seem so simple and boring, but to me, they'll be the moments I remember most fondly when I look back on my life in rural Japan.
One thing I know, is that I don't want Japan to end.
And, I had forgotten how brilliant is Radiohead's OK Computer.