I spent almost the entire month of November in Japan.

Being in Japan for the first time in three years, due to the COVID disaster, and in the midst of a world situation that now seems to be heading toward chaos, made me think once again about something.

It is a kind of renewal from the past concerning Japan, the country of birth (not necessarily to call the “homeland”), or a kind of retrospective perspective that is being opened up concerning such a Japan.

To put it another way, at the age of 76 this year, I chose Australia 38 years ago as a base for my departure from Japan and toward the world, and my life here is now exactly half that of my previous life in Japan, the country of my birth. This is a realistic perspective at the exact equilibrium point of my experiences in both countries. MORE