Japan map

A long time ago, in the previous century in fact, I taught in Japan.  I taught in a small city jammed up into the corner created by the corner of Osaka and Nara Prefectures.  It had beautiful mountains that housed a huge Buddhist complex and a river which was probably mightier in years past.  It didn’t have the hustle and bustle of Osaka, a mere 1 hour journey by train, but it had friendly people.

In the years since, I have taught many Japanese students.  I’ve had students from Sapporo and I have had students from Okinawa.  A few times, I have taught people from the same Prefecture, but never anyone from the same city I lived in all those years ago.

Today changed all that.  Today I met someone who lives in that idyllic Japanese city.  She was even alive when I lived there, albeit rather young and probably not interested in English classes at all.

Funny, I could feel my connection to Japan slipping away.  Yeah, I had some treats, but fewer and fewer Japanese things were finding their way to me.  When they did, I wasn’t as interested.  Nothing was sparking my imagination.  Then this happens.

It brought back lots of memories from my time there.  I remember being the new arrival wandering around, mouth agape at everything.  I remember the beer vending machines.  I remember my first MOS Burger.  I remember drinking at Murphy’s Bar.  I remember the drives up the winding road to Koyasan.

Good omens indeed.


About Anthony

I am: equal parts rebel, romantic and shockingly average Joe. a writer trapped inside of an ESL teacher's body. an introverted attention seeker. a teacher who hopes one day to be called "Captain, my Captain." an intellectual who can do some very dumb things. a person whose Japan experience, despite being so long ago, still exerts a strong influence upon him. a lover of books, music, beer, hockey and Pizza.
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7 Responses to Nostalgia

  1. What city, pray tell! MOS burger … man, haven’t thought of ’em in a long time. Thanks for jogging that memory.

    • Anthony says:

      Sorry, I didn’t mean to be vague. I lived in Hashimoto Wakayama. And yes, MOS burger is a great memory. I loved that they had coffee shakes. I remember one of their locations (Nishinakajima Minamikata) served their food on real china and in real glasses.

      • Dunno it. Wonder whether Hashimoto’s residents feel about living in a town associated with a disease; yuck. Anyways, don’t recall having MOS shakes but that red & white logo’s burned into my brain for life! Haha, funny about the real china & glasses. Wouldn’t work in America. People would steal ’em.
        Lordie I deeply miss Japan sometimes ……………………………..

      • Ooops, make that “Wonder *how* Hashimoto’s …” that’s what I get when I change thought midstream then don’t return to edit …

  2. Hunida says:

    I’d love to live in Japan!

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