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 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?
It’s been a year and four months since I went to the hospital with a life-threatening asthma attack. That day was a turning point for me. My life has changed since then and I’d like to talk about that. Not because I particularly enjoy talking about it (it’s pretty hard actually and I’ve been putting … More How Asthma Has Changed My Life
The first time I bought a pack of masks in Japan was on day three after moving there. The reason back then was: I was trying to smoke out the mosquitos that had gotten into my apartment (because I foolishly left the balcony door open for 10 minutes) without poisoning myself. (No, it didn’t go … More Why people in Japan wear masks (and I do, too)
I’m not a mother. I don’t have kids of my own. But – I’m a primary school teacher, so most of the time I feel like I do have kids of my own, and when school is in session I technically spend more waking hours with them than their parents. Those very hours in the … More Are you Ready for Kids?
Recently I read an article that accused white people living abroad of calling themselves ’expats’ instead of ’immigrants’ and thereby emphasizing their superiority over other ethnic groups living abroad (“Why are white people expats when the rest of us are immigrants?“ by Mawuna Remarque Koutonin, 2015). This issue has been on my mind for years, … More I am an Immigrant.