Sunday, May 30, 2010

A note on my hiatus.

Hello everyone-

After receiving an appreciated and unexpected amount of inquiries into my physical, emotional and spiritual (?) condition and my reasons for not updating this blog, I've decided to return. I know its been three hard weeks without me, but you'll recover.

My time in Japan certainly hasn't been a cake walk, and as I may have said before, not everything is sugar and spice and everything nice. It must be stated that the purpose of this blog is not so much to enlighten you, my readers, to the ups and downs of this time and let you live vicariously through me while I experience the adventure that is Nippon. Rather it is to serve as a reminder to me, a record of my stay that I can look back on in the more "normal" and domestic times to come after my return. I am of the opinion that if at all possible, this record should not be truly representative of my stay here, but instead heavily skewed towards the good things that happen, the things I'd like to remember. The more trying experiences will no doubt endure in their own way regardless, as changes in my personality, priorities and worldview. However in my experience after returning from a trip like this, all memories tend to fade and gain a not-quite-real and dream-like quality fairly quickly. The memories preserved in this blog will shape my thoughts and memories of this experience, so why not censor what I can?

So to summarize, in writing this blog I find myself in a position to artificially shape my future opinion by writing the history of this trip, and I fully intend to make it look good. Those readers in the know are probably fully aware that lying to oneself is much easier than one would expect. So I will rely on the enormous human ability to double-think to prevent my conscious knowledge of this plan to affect its positive outcome.

That is why I haven't posted in three weeks.

An unrelated lolcat.

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