I’m ready to leave Tokyo.
Today, it took me 30 minutes to pack all my worldly posessions into small suitcases and then to arrange those suitcases into one 75cm X 50cm X 25cm travelling case. My circus equipment takes up half of the volume, my clothes take up about a third, and the rest is my toitetries, books I haven’t finished, legal documents, data disks, dress shoes, and important business cards. I carry my computer seperately in its own case. Hand-carry. Altogether, my life weighs far less than the 40kg allotted for international travel.
As I was packing, I kept thinking to myself that I haven’t really gotten rid of all the inessentials. I could trim my wardrobe down by another 25%, and I tend to overstock toiletries that can only be found in certain places of the world (Japanese hair wax, American stick deoderant and bulk ibuprofen). My goal is to unload 10% of my posessions year after year, but I think in just about two more years I will have reached my theoretical limit.
I was also thinking of the garage of my mom’s house. For six years, it has housed all the artifacts of my former, sedentary life. It’s been too long since I have visited just to visit. If I get a month off this winter, I need to spend some time getting reaquainted and purging their storage of my so-called "essentials."