Reverse Culture Shock or What is Real?

I mentioned before that I’d pretty much ran out of things to say about Japan. It’s true. It isn’t. It’s true. It’s difficult. I’ve exhausted nearly every topic I wanted to address.

But what I discovered in my recent writings was that I was looking outwards again, something that hadn’t happened to me for a long time while I was in Japan.

That’s right. Was in Japan.

I have returned to my native country and all that comes with it.

But I’m not finished with Japan. How can one just be finished with something that was such a large part of their life for more than two years? It’s a place that I lived and worked for 27 months. I’ve worked jobs and lived in places for far shorter than that. The people I met there, the things I saw, the festivals, the cultural experiences, all these and much more than I can think about and process will impact my life in ways I just can’t know yet.

So even though any new experiences in Japan are finished, my experiences of Japan keep giving me rich subjects to reflect on. A grand experience like travel, particularly living and working abroad, has lifelong impact.

It’s now been about a month since I’ve returned. Returned? Was I meant to come back? I just don’t know, but that is the language I use. It does illustrate a certain amount of the transitory experience I felt while living in Japan. A part of me knew at some point that I would have to leave and return to the “real” world. As if Japan is somehow “fake”. Or that I was on vacation for two years, neglecting my true homelife for adventure in the great and mysterious land of the rising sun.

Well here I am.

You know what?

Things do feel more real.


There are many more questions plaguing me now. I invite you to continue with me as I explore this new piece of cultural experience.

Reverse Culture Shock

I’ll be returning to regular updates again. I plan on posting on Mondays at 7:00 P.M. Eastern Time. Just one post a week. That’s it.




About Matthew J. Durocher

Matthew Durocher is a graduate of Michigan Tech University. He acquired his BA in English along with a minor in Music Composition and a certificate in Writing in Spring 2012. His style is one of passion and musicality. One foot is firmly rooted in tradition while the other slides dangerously close to the clouds.
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