Not when Sergeant Pepper told the band to play but when this former Sergeant got on a plane at LAX and flew to Japan.
And so began this 20-year adventure of teaching English in Asia—first in Japan and then in Korea. It’s been some adventure that’s for sure.
I’ve already written much about my life in Korea all these years, but that cool, rainy day in June when I arrived in Japan still stands out in my mind a lot. There are some things that a person just never forgets and the day I arrived in Japan is one of them. I had no idea what to do when I arrived and what I had to do to get from Narita and Tokyo to Hamamatsu, but when you are so pumped up with adrenalin to have just flown halfway around the world, everything just fell in place—from getting to Tokyo Station and getting on a Shinkansen to Hamamatsu.
I’ve never forgotten what it was like coming into Tokyo on an elevated highway with all these neon signs materializing out of the mist that made me think of one of my favorite sci-fi films, Blade Runner. I guess if you are going to compare Tokyo in the rain to anything, you can’t go wrong with comparing it to that sci-fi flick.
Like I said, everything pretty much fell into place from the time I arrived in Tokyo, got to Tokyo Station and boarded the Shinkansen (on a busy Friday evening) to Hamamatsu. The adventure had started and my life would be changed forever.