My time here in Japan is coming to a close. Just a few days here left really and I'm already missing it even though I'm technically still here. It's been a beautiful, strange, eye-opening blur and I every time I leave I am reminded of my whole other life in this small suburban city in Osaka, but this time felt a little bit more special than the rest. 

I felt more grown up this trip, capable of understanding a little bit more and not feeling like my visit here was solely just to spend time with family. I have friends and family that are always waiting and know how to welcome me back from America, and I can't begin to express the gratitude I feel. 

Japan, you are a beautiful place, my real home, and I will be back soon.