Returned from another Japan stint shortly after Sukkot 2010, and called it a day Japan-wise. I had been working full-time in Tokyo, since 2007 this time (I've lived/worked there on multiple stints before). Needless to say, I've always loved the sushi there and various aspects of life and work among the Japanese (including valued friendships -- and given the recent disaster in Japan, as you might expect I remain concerned about my friends' well-being). However, to be honest after 20-odd years of Japan, Japan, Japan (with Israel, Canada, and of course US stints also in the mix), I started to reach a limit in terms of professional and personal satisfaction. Especially given that I want to (re-)marry Jewish and Zionist. (And no, I was not previously married to a Japanese my 1998-2000 marriage was to a Jewish woman from Toronto.) (And yes, I've been in relationships post-2000!) So, onward toward a new chapter. Also, I'm definitely *not* a chnun (nerd), but I don't have an edge -- unless being half Litvak and half Berdichever but loving Iraqi-style Marak Kubbeh is some kind of an edge. Oh wait, here's my edge: unlike most Jews raised in the US, I think Barack Obama is scum.