To my single reader, I apologize for my lack of postings. The past few weeks have been very busy. I had family visiting, then a busy time at work, a business trip to the UK, two days back in the office, and now an annual home leave to the US. Weekends were spent showing people around, recovering, or preparing for the next trip. So my posting has taken a hit. I have things queued in my head though, so hopefully now that I have some quiet time in the US Iâ€™ll get those written.
As the title sort of indicates, I celebrated the end of my second year in Japan on April 2. I canâ€™t believe how quickly the time has gone by. Will I last to a third? Right now, Iâ€™m scheduled to go home towards the end of this year but the situation is always dynamic. I know that sometime I will have to go back, but Iâ€™m not ready to leave Japan. I suspect the blog will start talking about the repatriation process in the near future. Since this blog is ostensibly about the ex-pat experience, I think repatriation should be a part of it as well.
At this point I am 24 months into a 19 month assignment and happy to be in Japan. Iâ€™ve got to figure out how to get the work / life balance correct so I can make sure I get the most of the experience. That will be a challenge. I have plans to go to Ishigaki in Okinawa for the first time in May, and Iâ€™ll be going to Shanghai in June for the World Expo so I have some cool things to look forward to before the start of the rainy season.