There was not much fighting after we all got the news to return home by the 21st. Some students tried to become independent students at Waseda, but that idea was quickly shut down by my program. Because I knew there was no arguing in a situation like this, I decided to start packing right after I got the news.
I dragged out all my things from the closet and had to individually pick what I wanted to bring home. During this time, my roommate was freaking out about the fact that I was leaving. If I was leaving, that meant that she had to pay rent by herself or find another apartment. She was on the fence about leaving Japan for almost the entire day when I first began packing. She loved the country and she wanted to stay for as long as possible. However, in the end, she decided to withdraw from her program as well. She didn’t know when she’d be called back from her program and the United States just categorized the whole world as a level 4 threat. Plus, she told me that it would’ve been really expensive to try to look for another apartment, so leaving was a wise choice money-wise too.
With her decision, we ended up packing together. As a result, our entire apartment was a mess. Here are some of the pictures we managed to take during all that chaos.
Packing and trying to move out in a few days was absolute hell. We had almost dozens of tasks to get done before we left the country. We had to cancel our health insurance, submit a moving out form, cancel our SIM cards, etc. There was too much to get done and too little time.
During this time, I don’t think we slept that often. For almost 4 days straight, we got probably a max 6 hours of sleep.
In the end, we were able to finish everything on time, but we never got a chance to stop and admire what we took for grant. There are so many things that I love in Japan and it was saddening that I was unable to go and appreciate them once again before I left.
I managed to get some pictures of my apartment in the same state that it was before I moved in, so here they are:
I’ll miss the place I’ve called home for these last few months and I can’t wait to come back again when I’m able to.