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Goodbye to Our Tiny Tokyo Apartment

I have mentioned before that ‘home’ is a concept that is quite important to me. Being a person who moved house a lot (I’ve lost count–somewhere over 23 times), and especially being a child who moved house a lot, I’ve developed a weird sense of attachment to living spaces.

That is to say, I get way too attached.

Every place I have lived has represented a very defined period in my life. Because of that, when I move house it becomes painfully aware to me that this is another chapter closing … I know, when I hand in yet another set of keys and close another door behind myself, that I have gotten older and I have said goodbye to another fleeting snippet of my life ( … which is not melodramatic at all … )

I’ve never existed in the same building for more than a handful of years, and the smallest amount of time I’ve lived somewhere was less than a day (to be fair, that house had a huntsman spider infestation. No one could have lived there more than a day). But no matter how long I live in a place, I feel an overwhelming sense of melancholy when I leave.

Despite this, no place has ever compared to how difficult it was to leave this tiny apartment in Tokyo.

This has been my favourite place I’ve ever lived. The first home that has ever actually belonged to me. The first home where I have felt truly, and absolutely, free.

I will miss it very much.

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  1. ChikiGatos says

    I just found your channel, I am so glad Recommendations o. YouTube made me find you. I am also a Hufflepuff, your work is awesome, I hope you keep it up. By the way, the video I saw from you was “My 5AM writing (& morning) routine”. Love you!! 💕💕💕

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    • alliehart4052 says

      Me, too! I happened upon this site to see what she was writing about so early in the morning. I’m glad I popped over.


  2. miss moo says

    Beautiful writing. You’ve captured the intertwined nature of moving houses and periods in your life brilliantly. I’ve watched your writing videos a million times (especially the ‘Why Tokyo’ because i’m moving to Tokyo next year). I’m a gypsy kid myself, moving from Darwin to Sydney to Perth to Darwin again and now in Sydney again and when people ask me why i’m moving to Tokyo I say it’s because a new chapter is opening and I can feel it in my bones that it is time to move on.
    Please never stop writing! I will continue to follow you as you evolve. Best wishes!


  3. This place is amazing but we have sometimes to lose thing’s to have another thing’s
    “With love”


  4. I recognize the way you get attached to these places. I’ve hardly seen so many ‘homes’ as you did, but I’m in an awful place when I leave someplace away from home. It literally stops me from going somewhere at times, just so that I don’t have to deal with the feeling of leaving. Melancholy at it’s finest! Eventually we all live pass that moment so, yeeh! I can totally see why you hated leaving this place. It looks amazing.


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