Over the weekend, I was fortunate to attend the Ball on the Mall, a unique event in Washington DC. It was a black tie dinner and dancing soiree hosted on the National Mall steps away from Smithsonian museums, the Capitol, and the Washington Monument. Donations from the event help preserve this special national landmark, which is sadly falling into disrepair.
It was an amazing feeling to dance the night away in such a historic spot and mingle with fellow Washingtonians. Since moving back to the States from overseas last year, I haven’t felt at home. There are so many things I miss about Japan- my friends there, the serene and beautiful spots, the travel and cultural opportunities, and the food (oh my god, the sushi). Coming home has been an adjustment, and I often feel out of place. But last night, I had a realization that this is my new home now, and I’m happy to be here.