I’m in Japan.

For most of you reading this, I am fourteen hours ahead of you. So when you are waking up in the morning, I am a couple hours away from going to bed. When you are going to bed, I am thinking of eating lunch.

Everyone who comes here to teach abroad has a different reason for it. I want to see and learn about the country that my paternal grandparents came to Canada from. I want to teach. I want to push myself out of my comfort zone. I want to try new things. I want what I don’t know even know I want. I want to go back home eventually and see things with new eyes.

February 2011.

May 2011

I wanna live, I wanna grow
I wanna see, I wanna know
I wanna share what I can give
I wanna be
(John Denver)


§ 2 Responses to aboot.

  • Sarah Matsushita says:

    I really enjoy reading your blog. I lived in Japan for 7 years, first in Osaka and then in Tokyo.

    I’m wondering where you’re from? It sounds like the Niagara region. I’m from St. Catharines, although I haven’t lived there since I graduated from high school (Secord). I’m also sansei and the exploration of my hapa-ness has been very interesting. Japan really cements that, for better or worse.

    The identity adventures are funny – I felt more Japanese, despite only knowing Meji-jidai culture from my family, in Canada. Then moving to Japan, I tried to “be Japanese” and ended up feeling very Canadian. Which was a lovely way to end my time there.

    However, moving away (now in Thailand), I’m starting to feel more and more Japanese.

    It’s a funny path and I suspect now that it never ends, despite my feeling that I had “found” my identity and had moved on.

    Looking forward to more posts! It’s great to read your stories from the perspective of someone having recently moved there.

    Enjoy Japan and revel in all that it brings, both good and sometimes frustrating 🙂

  • Kaye says:

    Hey there!

    As a fellow Canadian living in the Kansai region of Japan I thought I’d let you know that there are many places to find canned soups (Especially from Campbells) and gravy mixes. Especially if you live in a big city like Osaka. I know definitely of a few places in Kobe but I wanted to let you know that Costco is a worthwhile place to check out. (Of course I haven’t read all your blog posts so I could be telling you something that you already know) Membership is about 5000 Yen a year and the sizes are… gigantic Costco-family sizes, but they’ve got American products as well as the familiar food section that Costco tends to have near the entrance/exit. It’s kind of like walking into a regular Costco in Canada… but with more Japanese people, haha. I think one near Osaka would be the Amagasaki store, but I could be wrong.

    Hope that helps you out a little bit!

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