Last spring I submitted a proposal to speak at a writers conference in Japan.
It seemed reasonable. I’m passionate about encouraging people to write memoir, and Japan offers countless sources of inspiration. (Hence, The Same Moon.) The goal of my talk? To help writers recognize their own stories and not take twenty years to finish writing them (ahem).
My proposal was accepted, and I said I’d present via Zoom.
Everyone knew Japan was closed, closed, closed to tourists. That was OK. I didn’t need to go. Besides I’m a champion masker and social distancer. I’d get back to Japan in person someday, but for now I would visit via armchair. Fine.
Then last week we heard the news: Japan was opening to general tourism Oct. 11. The conference begins Oct. 15.
“Wow,” I said to my husband. “I could have gone.”
“Yeah,” he said. “You’d better go.”
Within hours — even before I was sure I wanted to go, even before the government of Japan updated its websites to the policy change — I had myself a ticket.
It’s been fifteen years since my last visit. Now, in little over two weeks, if all goes as planned, I will be in Japan.
I’ll share the experience here — #japanquicktrip2022 — if you want to follow along!
And here’s a link to the Japan Writers Conference. (I’m scheduled to present at 9 am — Japan Standard Time! — Oct. 16.)
10 thoughts on “Plot twist — off to Japan!”
Thrilled for you!!! 💖🤗
Thank you, Pam! ❤ ❤ ❤
God must want you there. Have a wonderful trip! 🥰
I hope you’re right, Barb! It’s a bit of a leap … but it seems meant to be. ❤
Wait what indeed! That’s so wonderful! And so is Jon for his reflexive, wise suggestion! (Love that he just knew, and knew you.) Can’t wait to hear more about how all this came about, and of course how it goes. Sending love, as always.
Jon sometimes knows me better than I know myself. AND he gave me his miles to make it happen. More details soon! ❤
I am super excited for you – and for Japan having you IN PERSON as a guest speaker. Good luck!
Thank you, Meg! I will admit, I’m much more charged up to speak to people in a room instead of over Zoom. 😉 ❤
Have a wonderful trip. Stay safe and take lots of pics to share—especially the changes,if any, you see. Hope all goes well. carolann
Thank you, Carolann! One change I’ve already noticed … and this is more about traveling in general than being in Japan … is how few selfies I used to take. In my 2007 photo file, I have very few photos of myself. Now, my smartphone contains its share of selfies, some with others (like Leo 🙂 ) and some with just me. I’ll keep you posted … ❤