Reverse Culture Shock (Japan → UK)

Over the Christmas period I returned to England for the first time in fourteen months. I was warned that things would feel weird the first time I went home, and despite doing my best to be flexible and re-adapt, there were still quite a few cultural differences that unnerved me during my eleven days back in the country. Now, eleven days is not nearly enough time to fall right into the depths of reverse culture shock, but it certainly enough to feel unusual, like I was kind of separate from everything.

I figured it would be interesting to compile a list of all the British stuff that now seems strange to me, so here are seven things that made me realise just how much I’ve changed in the last year and a bit…

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Japan Diary: January 2019 (UK to Yokohama)

I started January 2019 the same way I’ve seen in most New Year’s Days, curled up on the sofa watching TV with my family. It was a far cry from last year when I was in a club in Shibuya dancing to Ed Sheeran with some really friendly drag queens, but I wouldn’t have changed a thing. London’s fireworks came to a close and remembered staying up until 9am to watch them in twelve months ago (before falling asleep for a few hours after our all-nighter in Tokyo). This time however, I was tucked up in bed by half past one, ready for the day to begin properly. Continue reading “Japan Diary: January 2019 (UK to Yokohama)”

Inside The Walt Disney Archives, Yokohama

After an absolutely amazing family Christmas in England, readjusting to life back in Japan meant that my first week back was kind of a nightmare. My body clock refused to fix itself for days and I was irritable over having to say goodbye again. I knew the one thing that would help me snap out of it – getting my ass out of the house and doing something other than binging Netflix.

I had some spare time on Monday and I knew exactly where I could go…

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30. | One Year in Japan

お久しぶり~~~ Long time, no post!

One thing is for sure, it’s been a busy seven weeks since I last updated. I wanted nothing more than to sit down and write but between work, social commitments, and studying for my next JLPT exam, that just didn’t happen. After all, adult life doesn’t care about what you want. It’ll happen regardless of whatever embellishments you’ve added to it.

My routine has largely remained the same, but in those seven weeks, I hit a milestone in the life that I’ve made here.

As of the 5th of November 2018, I’d lived in Japan for a whole year, and in my opinion, that’s a pretty big deal. Continue reading “30. | One Year in Japan”

29. | Odawara

As I write this, I’m currently sat in my favourite place in Yokohama’s Chinatown, enjoying an excellent chai latte. I’m here – instead of a more local café – because recently I’m trying to break out of my routine and be more spontaneous. It’s been more than a month since term started again and I quickly settled back into doing the same old thing. After spending a summer stuck in one place, I became determined to spoil myself during the autumn.

Due to that fact, on one September Sunday, I hopped on a train to Odawara without much deliberation. I’ve been through Odawara Station before in order to get to Hakone but I hadn’t actually visited the city itself. I wanted to change that, and I realised that I didn’t have to wait for an excuse.

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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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