Why I had to breakup with Japan

It’s weird to move to a country you’ve never visited isn’t it? Let alone one on the other side of the world with a unique culture and one of the worlds most difficult languages. The differences just made the move seem all the more exotic and exciting. Like any great love story mine starts with…

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Why I moved to Moscow

Yesterday I went for a walk in Moscow. I walked across a covered bridge and was greeted by a familiar sound. “Irasshaimase”, the voice boomed. I looked to my left and spotted a Japanese vending machine. I peered closer and saw that all of the drinks inside were Japanese too. This simple sight brought back…

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Feeling homesick as an Expat in Japan

No matter how much someone likes travel, there really is no place like home. Home means comfort, safety and love. It’s a place you know you belong and a place where you fit in. Unfortunately when you live in Japan, home literally is thousands of miles away. I wrote about the first time I felt homesickness…

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I’m moving to Ushiku, Ibaraki!

I’ll let you in on a secret. Last summer I was regretting my decision to move to Japan. I found Japan an extremely frustrating place to live and found the culture quite claustrophobic. I was done. Then I spend a week or two in one of my favourite countries in the world, Thailand. So many…

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What to Pack when moving to Japan

When I opened the email I suddenly felt numb. I was moving to Japan! Now I`ve travelled to many country in the past, but never actually lived in a different country. Now I just needed to decide what to pack in my 30kg of luggage. Japan is an extremely developed country yet surprisingly many things…

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The best thing about living in Japan

For many Japan is a dream travel destination. People love the food, anime, manga, cute girls and unique culture of this beautiful country. The best thing about living in Japan isn’t on this list though. The best thing about living in Japan is… The amazing feeling of safety As soon as I stepped off the…

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A day out at Ueno Zoo, Tokyo

    With a city as big and sprawling as Tokyo it’s surprisingly hard to decide what sightseeing to do first! After a few days exploring quirky Akihabara, bustling Shibuya and historic Asusksa it was time for something different. My hostel was not far from Ueno; an area with a large park filled to the…

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First Impressions of Japan

  I waited in line at immigration at Haneda airport, my shoulders aching with the weight of my backpack and feeling sweat dripping down my back due the the 5 layers of clothes I was wearing. When it was my turn I shuffled to the desk, sorted out the formalities and was handed a residents…

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