Originally written in August of 2018. When I tell people that I want to learn Japanese so that I can speak with my relatives and connect with my ancestry the reaction I often get is “wow you’re a good person for caring about family.” But I don’t feel deserving of such a compliment. From my perspective I’m not pursuing Japanese for them, I’m pursuing it for myself. To me, I have the luxury of having still-living relatives in another country; unlike most of my friends I have a rare opportunity to connect with my ancestry.
At the beginning of April, I’ll be moving to Japan with the goal of connecting with my ancestry 🎉. It’s something that’s been in the works for years, but really my whole life. I’m really excited and scared to finally say it, but it’s time for a new adventure. As I mentioned, I’m moving in hopes of connecting with my ancestry (I’m half Japanese). I’ll pursue that either by talking to my existing relatives or living in their culture.