Hi there (^_^)/
Nice to meet all of you. I’d like to take some time and tell you a bit about me and my motivations to write this blog.
I cannot remeber the first time I heard about Japan, probably because I was too small when my father was working there (I still own the itty-bitty Yukata he brought back). He was amazed by the country and the people and has told us stories about it ever since. As soon as I learned to read I started reading about Japan, followed by the obligatory fondness for Manga and Anime. I was collecting everything I could find about this far away land.
Nevertheless, my decision to study japanese was more of a coincidence than planned. I was visiting universities and searching for the best place to go for another course of studies when I suddenly found the perfect program for me: East Asian Studies. This way I not only got to study japanese but also got to learn about economy, geography, politics, history and culture of Japan.
Learning japanese was hard and many of those who started together with me, gave up in the first few weeks( I think I studied more for my first week of japanese then I ever did for my A-levels). But it is so rewarding when you are able to speak the first words and start to understand what is said in your favourite Anime or Movie. When it comes to learning Japanese and Japan I never lost this sense of excitement.
My semester abroad in Tokyo then sealed my fate, I lost my heart in Japan.
Not only was Tokyo and Japan in general more than I ever hoped for, I also found the love of my life. The year I spent in Japan brought adventures, new friends & experiences, changed my outlook on the world and my taste in several ways (who would have known I love Matcha and Mochi Ice-cream and taking Purikuras ^^)
I wrote about my time in Japan in a blog, more of a diary really, for my family and friends, so they knew what i was up to. Now I want to write about all the things I loved in Japan: the country, the people, the food, the fashion and the quirks. I am looking forward to write from my memory as well as research and learn more about the place that will forever have a spot in heart.
I am currently not living in Japan, but my husband and I are planning to move there for good, soon (I can’t wait). For the time being I will enjoy our life here in germany (my home country) and write about the country of my heart.