Going Home

Every time I “go” to my home state of California, most Japanese around me comment “kaeru?” or “are you going home?”  But, something about that just doesn’t click.  I have lived away from California, mostly in Japan, for almost a decade in Hawaii, and, especially since my dad has passed on and my mom has sold the home I grew up in, there is no “kaeru” to California.   It seems, at this point, I am simply “going” to California, and after the visit, I will come home, or “kaeru” to Takeo, Kyushu, Japan.