Trip Start Mar 25, 2007
Trip End Apr 06, 2007

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Thursday, April 26, 2007

Sleep is tugging at the edges of my brain and my eyes can't seem to stay open all the way... but I was tumbling over Japan in my mind, thinking about the next time I will see it.  I thought about the other places I would like to see, Ireland, Wales, Italy... and I realized it would never be the same.  Even though I dreamt of being in Tintangel and roaming the countryside of Arthur, I would have control- I would know the language (less the welsh, of course) the structure, the politics, how to navigate, what to eat...  I let go of everything to go to Japan.  All I had to move me forward was the dreams I've had since I was little, the books I read as I got older, the art I studied recently... all of them loosely held together fairy tales and dreams, fantasies of a magical place. And when I got there, I couldn't do anything but accept what was given to me- much like that little girl who saw her first picture of a geisha so long ago, and fell in love. 

I've vowed to go back.  I've promised myself I will learn more Japanese so I can communicate and ask questions and wander on my own... and I realized tonight that it will be good, and my life will be richer for it, but...
Letting go of the control, I saw Japan and all of her treasures through the eyes of a much younger Shannon that had dreams of escaping into this beautiful world of Geisha and gardens and art and fairy tales.  I truly received a gift, and I will be eternally thankful that I could give it to that little girl who needed that dream to be real.
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