Monday, March 31, 2008

Sayonara Nippon

This will probably be the last post I make from Japan as I lose my internet connection at midnight tonight. Today was my final day at work and it was a roller coaster of emotions. I felt happy and sad to leave. Happy because I know I will see my family soon yet sad knowing that I leave behind many friends and colleagues who have made the last 3 years a wonderful experience for me. I will miss the times I had at work, no matter how bad they may have been at times, it was an amazing experience that few will have in the same field back home. I owe a great deal of gratitude to those people...the kind words and generous plaudits given to me today were overwhelming at times and the gifts and tokens from my Japanese colleagues were unexpected and touching to say the least. I will treasure them.

Of course my partner in crime PJ and the gang members of the Daito Dogs (SW, GA) will be sorely, sorely missed.

I spent Saturday morning with Kazu and his friend Kuwa-san. Kazu has been there throughout my 3 years here and was a great and kind friend. We spent many a long hour walking the river banks and parks of Osaka and beyond enjoying the birding and photography and the chats. I was also touched by the many emails his friends sent to wish me luck in the future. Some amazing people. I will miss birding with Kazu...I hope I can repay the debt and go birding with him in Ireland. Kazu, thank you.

Tonight/tomorrow I go on a final trip with Neil. For the last 3 years he has been the saving grace on those Sundays when I needed to get away from it all and the birding trips to Hegura-jima, Kyushu, Nagoya-Tomakomai on the ferry (twice), and basically all over Kansai and beyond...thank you. Also, to Rob for the mindblowing trip to Hokkaido in Feb 06 and Sean for the amazing trip to MIshima-jima in Spring 2006, as well as Hiroshima for the Saunder's Gull, and many more trips besides...thank you.

My next post will be from the fair isle of saints and scholars...until then, sayonara Nippon

Carmo's Diet: this week, I have mostly been eating breakfast bars

Carmo's Birds: Swallow, KP, LRP, Grey Plover, Common Gull

Carmo's Birds for Byrdy: No. 6 (again)


Blogger swan_pr said...

have a safe trip home Doctor. I hope you'll keep on writing :)

March 31, 2008 11:05 PM  
Blogger Minnsy said...

Congrats on being an uncle!

Hope all goes well back in the Emerald Isle and with the new job there too.

Glad to have been able to bird with you in Japan. Thanks for finding and sharing some great birds on our travels in Japan.

I am sure you will be back in Nippon for more one day.

Maybe I'll catch up with you again one day and I hope to hear of some of the good birds you are gonna find and more importantly photograph...and oh yes keep on blogging!

All the best

March 31, 2008 11:42 PM  
Anonymous col said...

get back over here and find a hoopoe ya big dope!

April 01, 2008 6:00 AM  
Anonymous Pee Wee said...

The rollercoaster of emotions is only taking off fella.Soon we will meet on this distant shore,i've seen my baler,its all waiting for you.Cant wait to see you dude.

April 03, 2008 8:28 PM  
Anonymous leurvetosaygoodbye said...

sniff !

April 04, 2008 9:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

good luck, carmo

April 06, 2008 12:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a sad blog. Seems you had three fun years in Nippon.

I wish you a hundred more years of fun and double happiness!


April 12, 2008 10:46 AM  
Blogger S.C.E. said...

Good luck in Ireland............

Hope you keep up the blog if you can avoid the distractions of decent pubs/TV you can understand 100% of everything said/footie at civilized hours/regular access to geniune friends.............

April 16, 2008 7:04 PM  
Blogger Carmo said...

thanks to all for the comments and kind words. I shall post a new blog on my first 2 weeks in Ireland at some stage tonight...keep tuned (it will be a riotous tale of how bananas this country, Ireland, has arrived at).

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