Japan used to be foreign to me, but after living here for more than 7 years, it’s very familiar. However, there are times that I see things that feel foreign to me. I lived in the Ofuna area of Kamakura for 4 years, and ever since I moved to Fujisawa, I’ve returned to find changes. That’s one thing about Japan, there’s constant redevelopment happening. When people move out of their old house, it’s usually demolished, then replaced by a couple newer, narrower, taller houses. Since moving from Ofuna, I have seen that several new buildings have been constructed, some torn down, and some renovated. The building right next to my old apartment is gone, and is currently surrounded by a white construction fence. Probably one of the most noticeable changes near Ofuna Station is the demolition of half of the station’s main entrance staircase. They’re installing an elevator. But this is what makes things so foreign to me. As things slowly change, my familiarity with the area decreases, even though I return there on a weekly basis. This is certainly foreign to me.
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