27. | Nagano-ken: Suwa & Matsumoto

As well as Tanabata, Japan’s second event of July is Umi no Hi. Known as Marine Day in English, this holiday celebrates the sea and everything it has given to the country. It’s also a national holiday which meant that my schools were closed and I couldn’t go to work. Capitalising on that fact, I decided to do something I’d been meaning to do for ages.

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26. | 5 Tools I Used to Pass the JLPT N5

Back in April, I’d made my mind up.

Despite slowly learning Japanese, I didn’t actually have anything to prove the language skills I had. I’m the kind of person that doesn’t particularly like exams themselves, but I do really like passing them.

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25. | 25 Things I Learned in my 25th Year

If you’ve kept an eye on this blog for the last few weeks, you’ll probably have seen that I recently had my 25th birthday. Back in January, I was riding the train home from New Years’ celebrations in Tokyo and watching the sun rise on the beginning of 2018, and in that moment I realised that in eight months’ time, I’d have lived for a quarter of a century. That milestone has come and gone, and it made me look back on the last 12 months. What with quitting my job, leaving my family, and starting a new life in Japan; it’s probably been the biggest year of my life so far.

I’ve had a lot of learning to do so I figured I’d share some of the things my experiences have taught me. Here are 25 things I’ve learnt in the 25th year of my life… Continue reading “25. | 25 Things I Learned in my 25th Year”

24. | Turning 25 at Tokyo DisneySea

So, it’s time for part two of my birthday blog! Part one can be found here, but, where was I again? Oh yeah…

In less than two hours from the end of my workshop, I was standing at the gates of DisneySea, my ticket in my hand and a smile on my face. It may have been a different park; it may have been a different country but the Disney magic I knew and loved hit me in an instant.

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