My Japanniversary!

Today is my one year japanniversary. Looking through my blog and pictures, I can see I have achieved a lot of things. Some of which include Asian babies, giant fruit, new friends, of course teaching, cycling through the countryside, playing dress-ups, a couple typhoons, a few failed tinder dates, learning to kill a cockroach, open a jar, and to fetch the remote all by myself, and all of which include food: sourcing it (still haven’t found beetroot) cooking it and eating it. Sometimes with friends, most times alone. The latter not a good feeling. Basically, it hasn’t been easy since I live really rural and I can’t speak the language. But, (prepare for the cheese) it has been real. I have achieved what I set out to do – which was to gain more life-experience, in order to grow both as a person and as a writer. And, I have enjoyed. Now, if there’s one thing I’ve learnt from my year in Japan, it’s this: we must never settle. Though not in the physical sense of the word. What I mean is, to have an open mind about the world, our world, its people and our experiences with it/them. And to be accepting of change, of transformation. For not only is change good, it is growth. And the only way we can change is if we become exposed. And how do we become exposed? We throw ourselves into the open, into the unknown. Though by this, I don’t necessarily mean a geographical point. For even opening our minds to viewing a single minuscule thing in a different way is throwing ourselves. In the words of C. JoyBell: “we can’t be afraid of change. You may feel very secure in the pond that you are in, but if you never venture out of it, you will never know that there is such a thing as an ocean, a sea. Holding onto something that is good for you now, may be the very reason why you don’t have something better.” Ari-ga-to!


  1. I agree with what you said. About not settling and being open-minded.

    I myself have only grown because of my experiences in California (USA) and working holiday trip to UK. In California, I found my martial arts teachers who put me on the Right Path. Had I stayed in Singapore, I would still be the same worthless martial artist I was so many years ago.

    The things you have done so far are interesting and I am jealous, but you have also left out a number of uniquely Japanese things you could have done.

    For example, on your way to work in the morning, have you ever ran into a good-looking dude who’s running full speed round the corner while carrying a piece of toast in his mouth? That sort of thing tends to happen in Japan and indicates that romance will bloom, according to most of the shoujo manga I have read so far.

    You also haven’t mastered a unique Japanese sword style and used it to take down a Yakuza boss and her minions. Like, you know, in the Kill Bill movie. I am looking forward to such an adventure.

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