034 – Mata Yoroshiku Onegaishimasu

Mata yoroshiku onegaishimasu

– Japanese for, “I look forward to the next time”

As I write this post, I am back home in my apartment in Portland and I’m feeling very grateful for a beautiful visit to Japan.

It’s now Saturday morning, 6 hours before I left Japan on Saturday evening.   This is my first time crossing the International Date Line and I feel a little sleepy, despite sleeping most of my 9 hr flight home.  If my theory holds and I can stay awake most of the day, my jet lag should be minimized.  Being Saturday is nice.  It gives me a little more time to adjust before Monday, if I’m wrong.

You can see on my boarding pass the time differences.  Departure on top, arrival on the bottom:

Back to Japan …

I had an absolutely lovely time in Japan.  I look forward to another opportunity to visit.  The people there are incredibly kind and humble, the food is amazing and the natural and built environments are fantastic to be in and around.  Tokyo is enormous and the sheer scale of people and lights and buildings is truly breathtaking.  It’s amazing how harmonious it all seems to work there.

We Hope To See You Again

– Sign exiting the Tokyo airport in Narita

Umm .. yes please, Japan.  Mata yoroshiku onegaishimasu.


  1. It was great to be able to share in your adventures by way of your blog. Chasing the sun can be an adventure itself in the nature of time. We are both so happy you had such a wonderful trip.

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