Ok, so all life is temporary, but let’s not get on to that.
So, on JET, the Japanese Exchange Teaching Programme, there is a sense of temporary here. While all things have to end, and it’s hardly like I expected University to go on forever (although that consideration of doing more post grad stuff was REALLY tempting…) JET feels it much more so. This is partially because of the extreme of it ending. When your JET contract ends, so does your lease, and visa pretty much. Whereas when I ended university, I still frequent contact with many people I dealt with during uni. I still had the same house, and so on.
JET and the community that develops around/within it always comes with this clear idea that you’ll go. And not in a nebulous “I will move to Melbourne” but in a concrete sense. People you know are leaving on a regular basis. While many of the JETs I know are staying on, some are also leaving this year. The response of many Japanese people was similar. Most staff at my schools were deeply surprised when I said I didn’t go back to Australia for Christmas. When I talk on dating apps, there is always a clear assumption my being in Japan a limited time offer, and so any relationship being considered by them has that applied to it. (on a side note, I have been on way more dates in Japan than the entirety of the time I was in Australia, yay being a popular body type (not that that fixes health issues)
Maybe Japan is temporary, but maybe it isn’t. I haven’t decided that yet but this pervasive feeling that this isn’t going to be a home is hard to avoid. And that creeps into a lot of smaller choices…
Like, for 6 months nearly, I have been umming and arrring buying a 32 to 40 inch TV. I have been able to afford it consistently each and every time considered provided I shopped around, but I usually end on something like “Do I really need it? I am only going to get 2-4 years worth of use out of it and my monitor is more than enough” But since coming here I have bought a Tablet/laptop hybrid and a New 3DS without a lot of question because those could easily go beyond my Japan stay. (also because the latter would let me play Monster Hunter 4G with locals) Both of which, given that I have a PS3, Wii U, host people to watch things, and play games, makes a larger TV like that a no brainer.
But also buying things for the house is a very different equation now. (although that is partially because I am unused to buying furniture beforehand).
Anyway, yeah, there is a huge sense during all things JET and Japan that this whole situation is temporary, more than most other things we do in life. Which is sometimes frustrating.
Now to go back to cleaning the house which when confronted with a huge empty space in the first place that brought this up with me.