Whenever I post on Facebook that I’ll be “coming home“ for a visit, friends reply: “Which one?“ That question is justified. Do I mean Germany, where my family lives, or England, where my heart will always be, or Japan, where I’m currently a resident? Where is home really? When it comes to living abroad, I’ve … More Where is Home?
I knew everyday life wouldn’t be easy in Japan only a few minutes after landing there for the first time. How did I know that? I got off the plane and went to bathroom. And stared at the toilet in horror. There were a thousand buttons and none of them I could read. (The very … More Funny Stories in Japan – The Emergency Button Incident
Yep, there is a desert in Japan where you can ride on a camel. I didn’t believe it either, that’s why I had to hop on a plane to Tottori and see for myself. This has been – by far – one of my favourite places to visit in the past two years in Japan. … More Riding on a Camel in a Japanese Desert
In the past weeks, I’ve had a weird realization. I’m happy. Not just for a brief moment, but in general. My health has been stable for months. My job seems a lot easier to handle now and I feel like I’m actually making a difference. Every day I’m surrounded by the most positive people who … More I’m happy. And terrified.
All my life I’ve been confused about how much the image many people have of me differs from how I see myself. In my mind, I’ve been a huge introvert as long as I can remember. In kindergarten, I avoided talking to other children at all costs (and spent most of my time in the … More The Extroverted Introvert (Yeah. It’s a thing!)
When people walk into my apartment, the first thing they ask is “What is that?“ and point at the many post-it notes on my wardrobe. Those are your responses to my writing over the past two years. I wrote them all down and re-read them when things aren’t going so well. They remind me that … More KIND WORDS MATTER.
This morning, my colleague was teaching my class for the first time. Afterwards, she asked me: “HOW?“ “How what?“ I asked back. “HOW DO YOU DO IT?? Your kids are so well behaved. They were absolutely quiet and paying attention. How did you make them turn out this way??“ I didn’t really know how to … More “HOW DO YOU DO IT??“
This August, I went to Zushi beach in Kanagawa. A lot of things I saw that day made me think ‘Yep, this is Japan!’ Here are some of my observations. Number 1: You’ll never be alone No matter where you go or how early you are – everyone else is already there. I got to … More What a day at the beach can tell you about Japan
I do realize that a lot of my posts are quite serious. That’s because I only want to share things when I think they’re actually meaningful. By doing that, I might not be giving credit to the funny things that happen to me in Japan though, and therefore not painting the whole picture of what … More Funny Stories in Japan – The Changing Room Incident
A Japanese friend asked me this today. He’s not the only one – recently I’ve been getting this question from friends and family all over the world. It’s been two years already, since the plane landed and I stumbled out into the infamous Japanese summer heat, and a new chapter of my life was waiting … More Do you STILL like living in Japan?
I only played The Sims once in my life at a friend’s house in middle school. What I distinctly remember about this game is the thing about the energy levels of the characters: If they didn’t get enough food or rest or social encounters, they died. Simple as that. And that is how I feel … More Teacher Low Points