Fun fact: Today, the 30 of May 2011, it is exactly one year since the first time I went to Japan.
I went there to participate in a summer course at Gifu University (Gifu being a fairly small town smack dab in the middle of the country.), and of course to travel around and see the sights. In all I spent short over two months there last summer. And what a summer it was! Easily the most fun I've ever had. (So far anyway.)
Although the weather was pretty cruel, never a day under 35 degrees Celsius (Which, if I'm not much mistaken is close to 100 degrees Fahrenheit, correct me if I'm wrong.) and humidity that soaked you to the bone in seconds, it was a lot of fun. I made a lot of new friends and got closer to old ones, and I met the woman of my dreams.
Returning home in the beginning of August last year, it felt like this day would never come. A year is such a long time, after all. And yes, a lot of things did happen; I continued my studies in Japanese, applied for exchange studies, my girlfriend came over to visit, and I even wrote a Bachelor's Thesis on interjections in Swedish and Japanese. Quite a busy year, in other words!
And yet, it feels like only yesterday that I boarded the plane at around 10 in the morning and took off towards the east. It feels like yesterday, but it was really 365 days ago. Wow... Time is a mystery indeed.