cr: The Guardian
Okay, there’s more to Japan than sushi, cherry blossoms, and anime, but those were the first three things that came to mind as I typed the title of this post. Other things that pop into my mind are mostly food… ramen, curry, yakisoba, udon. I love noodles. Okay, moving on from food.
I saw Taylor’s post about going to South Africa and I thought, what am I worried about or what will be different about moving to Japan? I’ve gathered some of my thoughts about moving.
- The language barrier – Will I be able to survive barely knowing any Japanese? I will be in a small town where I’m sure foreigners aren’t present. I need to keep reviewing and studying! My plan is to try to study at least three days a week. It’s always been a dream of mine to be fluent in another language.
- On having an actual job – I’m a working woman now! I’m going to be working for my own money and living off of it. This is a first! I hope it’ll be an easy transition to the working hours. I still feel like a little kid that has to go to school, so hopefully I can fit into the working world lifestyle. I’m totally not a morning person, so we’ll see how this goes.
- Making friends – I always worry about this no matter what I’m doing. I’m always afraid that I won’t make any friends and I’ll be super lonely! This time more than any, I’m worried for this. I will need people to distract me from being homesick and being Mark-sick (I’m pretty sure that will become a thing eventually). I want to surround myself with great people and awesome activities to be busy.
- Seasons! – For the first time in my life, I will be experiencing season changes! Here in Southern California, it’s pretty much summer all year long. There are no leaves changing colors, no snow, no super blossom-y flowers, and barely any rain. There are palm trees lining my street, so there’s is no way they’re changing to firery colors. And I don’t even own an umbrella or rain jacket! As you can see, experiecing seasons in Japan is going to be TOTALLY different. I’m kind of worried how I will handle the cold weather and snow though… But I’m excited for it! (Kind of…)
- Travel – how often will I be able to travel? A reason why I wanted to live in Japan was to travel around the beautiful country as well as go to other countries in Asia. I love traveling and I hope that my schedule (and my salary) will let me go to all the places I want to visit.
These are a few things that have been on my mind lately about moving to Japan. There are a lot more things I’m thinking about and will mention in future posts. Even when I move there, I’m pretty sure that there will be a ton of things I’ll be confused about! I’m already confused about the whole separating your trash thing.