Things getting clearer the second time around

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A few weeks ago I recognized that it has been one year since I have been living in Japan. I am amazed at how fast the time has flown by. What has been even more surprising in the weeks since is the repetition of many of the things I did when I first arrived. My first few weeks in Japan were a whirlwind of orientations, travelling, welcome dinners, meeting dozens of people, perpetual tiredness and suppressing the need to scream when you are one conversation or question or request away from either exploding into tiny pieces or drowning in it all.