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Big Day

Posted on 2006/09/13 13:14:26 (September 2006).

[Tuesday 12th September]
Today was a bit of a big day, on two counts (many of you will know of these announcements already, but anyway they need recording here for propsperity...):

1) In the morning I went to the British Embassy to to arrange our notice of marriage - yes that's right, me and Chie are finally going to get married this year. We're going to have two ceremonies, one in Japan (provisional date is December 8th, and venue will hopefully be Miyajima's Itsukushima Shrine), and another in the UK in the new year (date and venue still to be determined).

2) After returning from the Embassy I gave my boss a call, and told him I would be leaving the company. I'd been worrying about this conversation for some time, but actually he was really good about it. Given current project timescales etc I offered them a three month notice period, so the current leaving date I'm working to is December 15th.

So, again, I think most of you know this already, but the plan is to move back to the UK at the end of this year. Japan's been a great experience and all that, and as my Dad said over the phone I'm sure once I leave I'll start realising there are actually a lot of things I'm going to miss.... but after giving it much thought I've decided that, for the forseeable future at least, this isn't really where I want to be.

Right. Well I think that's all significant enough that I don't need to fill in today's entry by telling you what I had for dinner (although incidentally it was a kind of macaroni cheese with broccoli, which, though I say so myself, came out rather well).

Comment 1

WOW that's fantastic news! You both must be very excited.

I'm sure you will miss Japan but no one said you can't return again someday. I hope everything comes together smoothly for the wedding celebrations and you keep posting lots of pictures!

All the best to you and Chie!

Posted by Malinda at 2006/09/13 19:48:24.

Comment 2

Congratulations on both counts johnny boy! Both are great news.

Posted by Simon at 2006/09/14 09:39:29.

Comment 3

Oh, and you are *so* going to miss karaoke.

Posted by Simon at 2006/09/14 09:45:14.

Comment 4

Mmmm... miss karaoke.

Posted by John at 2006/09/14 15:51:06.

Comment 5

Good stuff John! As I worte before I am totally happy for you two! Maybe you'll miss Japan, but then again there is so much that you missed of England too. I worte you a mail about the possibility of me being in Japan during that time, if you two like I can come to the cerimony!

Posted by Lox at 2006/09/14 20:45:09.

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