Accommodations, Advice, Experiences, Housing, Money, Travel, Work

Living and Making Money in Rural Hokkaido

I put on my boots and open the door to my house and step outside.  Immediately the blinding white strikes my eyes. To my right is a field of white all the way back to the hills in the distance and to my left is a wall of snow 8 feet high.  In front of… Continue reading Living and Making Money in Rural Hokkaido

Leaving my home in Japan
Accommodations, Experiences, Housing, Love, Relationships

Settling down in Japan Was Impossible

Eight times.  Eight times is how often I've moved since coming to Japan. Considering I've only lived here for seven years, that means I've packed up and changed homes on average at least once a year. The shortest I've lived anywhere was about three months in a tiny company owned apartment in Kawasaki. Right next… Continue reading Settling down in Japan Was Impossible

Quitting Your Job in Japan - Taxi Driver
Advice, Experiences, Work

Quitting Your Job in Japan: A Guide to Worker’s Rights

Japan is often viewed as an amazing place to live. While I definitely agree that Japan is great, they still have a lot of the same problems that appear in other countries. Just like in the US, it’s not unheard of for companies to toe the line on labor laws. I’ve had several encounters with… Continue reading Quitting Your Job in Japan: A Guide to Worker’s Rights

Advice, Experiences, Travel

Kayaking Through the Yanbaru Mangrove Forest in Okinawa

Have you always wanted to try kayaking, but felt intimidated because you’re a complete beginner and worried it might be difficult? Me, too! The Yanbaru Mangrove in Okinawa is a fun and safe place to go if you want to experience kayaking in Japan. I was a bit worried and nervous before I went, but… Continue reading Kayaking Through the Yanbaru Mangrove Forest in Okinawa

Before Experiencing Racism in Japan
Experiences

An Open Letter Addressing Racism in Japan

Disclaimer: I wrote this letter in response to some recent developments with my Japanese employer that has left me with conflicting emotions. I think the majority of people in Japan are not racist, and chances are if you visit this country you will not experience any form of racism. I have published, taken down, and… Continue reading An Open Letter Addressing Racism in Japan