We Dream of Japan

I thought I’d talk about our ultimate goal, which is moving to Japan and raising a family there. My husband and I have gotten push back from it, but it hasn’t deterred us. We’ve set a goal and we’re determined.

If you’re American and live in America, you’re aware of the state of things. I won’t get into detail because then we’ll be touching controversial topics and that’s not what I want on this blog. The state of the country has us very motivated to move to Japan. It’s not the only motivation, but it is a reason.

We want our children to grow up in a different culture. Japanese culture fascinates us and we want to be part of that culture. Our children will have guaranteed quality education and they’ll be able to go to college as long as their grades are good (something we can’t afford in our own country). Not to mention my husband and I will have access to better care with our complex medical conditions.

Of course you’re thinking, wouldn’t that be a big culture shock? Of course it would. Moving to Japan is going to be difficult and so will be living there at first. Honestly, my main problem for me personally is not knowing the language (although I am studying right now).

I’m not really intimidated by the city of Tokyo. I’ve watched a lot of videos on it and follow a few youtubers who live in Japan so I can get an idea of what to expect. Another reason we wanna move is because life is short. Who says I have to finish my life in the country I was born in, and retire with a quiet life until death? That sounds boring to us. Cameron and I want to enjoy every year we got. When we’re retired we’ll still be exploring and seeing the world. I’ll be kicking until my body can’t move. Plus, in addition to learning Japanese, I may later take up Korean and Chinese. Why not Spanish? Knowing more than one language is good for the mind and can reduce the risk of dementia.

We’re excited about starting a new life in Japan. Right now, their population is dropping with older generations dying off and their millennials not having babies. They want immigrants. They’re in demand of English teachers and translators for English. Contrary to popular belief, most Japanese don’t speak English. The tourist spots like Akihabara, high end shopping, big hotels, etc have English speaking people but that’s about it. There’s also a U.S. military base in Okinawa so there’s English there too. My husband has decided to get a 4 year degree in Japanese language and culture, then pursue a translator job in Japan. I’d be working from home with my art and hopefully still updating this blog!

There’s a number of things I’m willing to give up to make this move:

1. driving

2. Purchasing a delorean

3. Wearing shoes indoors

4. My comfort zone

5. Marijuana (its legal in my state)

6. Using a purse (backpacks or messenger bags are more common and easier when living in Japan

There’s a few more things than that of course but those are the main ones. Guns are banned there but we’re okay with that. Their crime rates are low. A couple of female youtubers who live in Japan say they feel comfortable walking through the city at night there unlike here in the states. Apparently it’s legal to be drunk in public which I find amusing. I don’t drink myself but that would have made drinking more fun when I was younger! (I’m 35).

We’re still learning more about Japan and their culture. We want to make sure we’re completely prepared for a move like this. We hope you’ll learn a lot from us!

Shawna*
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