Why I’m moving to Japan

15 Oct

Why Japan? Why now? Many reasons:

1.) I want to travel and see as much of the world while I’m young

I’ve grown tired of working a job I don’t love for two weeks vacation time a year. Then going into debt to travel since I’m not making much money.

Being entirely immersed allows you to live like a local and begin to understand how other people live and think. With this understanding comes the realization of how large and diverse the world is but also how incredibly small it is. And that there’s not one “right” way to do most things, rather we are often molded through our own culture’s expectations and standards.

Japan guidebooks

2.) I miss Asia.

I know it’s a huge place so I can’t generalize. But I miss the drastically different smells, tastes, mannerisms and way of life. I miss eating such incredibly amazing food everyday. I miss seeing things that I could never even imagine – things that are totally baffling, gorgeous or absolutely hilarious.

3.) I want out of my comfort zone.

Staying in one comfortable place can really make you complacent and make life seem boring and a bit pointless. Being challenged forces me to learn new things, adapt to new situations and think in new ways.

4.) Japan has always held my imagination.

The more I’ve learned about Japan leading up to this adventure, the more incredible it sounds. This little chain of islands really has it all, from thick forests to tropical beaches, and so many activities in such a small space – snowboarding, scuba diving, volcano climbing and natural hot spring soaking, to name a few.

It’s also the birthplace of karaoke, sushi, Murakami, Nintendo, instant noodles, Godzilla, and geishas. What’s not intriguing about the place?

Godzilla versus King Kong

Godzilla versus King Kong

6 Responses to “Why I’m moving to Japan”

  1. Steven Myers November 29, 2012 at 9:21 am #

    i have to add ichiro suzuki and kokoyakyu
    and insist you attend a baseball game while enjoying your new home.
    i’m looking forward to your reading your journal blog.

    • Lindsay Lafreniere November 29, 2012 at 9:44 am #

      I for sure want to go to a baseball game, it sounds like quite an experience!!

  2. Sarah November 29, 2012 at 11:08 am #

    Oh. See. This is no good. Now I want to move to Japan. Please write about how it’s boring and I would hate it from now on.

    • Lindsay Lafreniere November 29, 2012 at 7:27 pm #

      Well I accidentally ate horse. And had violent food poisoning for four days. (Unrelated) But not much is boring!

      • Sarah November 30, 2012 at 11:51 am #

        haha. Thanks. That helps.

        • Sarah November 30, 2012 at 11:51 am #

          (Also, sorry to hear you were poisoned)

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