This year I am thinking of making some big decisions and one of them is to decide whether or not I should move to Japan for a year. This thought and inspiration came from my friend who moved from Canada to New Zealand. I admire people who follow their heart and her bold move made me feel inspired to take a risk.
Obviously, this is a big decision especially for someone like me who has never been on my own. Some may ask, “Why Japan, what’s so special about Japan”, well I’ve wanted to visit Japan ever since I was 13 years old. Japan is the only country I am willing to move to and live there for a certain period of time.
With that being said, I want to answer a few questions about Japan and give an insight about how I feel about Japan.
1. What got you interested in Japan and Japanese culture?
I’ve been interested in Asian culture since I was 5 years old, I always considered it unique. It’s so interesting to me to see how people live in other countries! However, I became more interested in Japan because of anime. I’ve known about anime from a young age, but I really got into it when I was 13. I initially wanted to go to Japan for the anime, but when I stopped watching anime I began to appreciate Japan for its culture, history and traditions. I’ve met Japanese people here in Canada and they seem so polite and well mannered and I love being around kind people. Obviously, every country has its pros and cons, but right now I only see the pros 🙂
2. Do you want to go to Japan? If so, where?
Definitely, this is the only country I am willing to move to and live there for set period of time.
3. What do you like most about Japan/Japanese culture?
I like the mannerisms of Japanese people, they are respectful and polite. Their culture and traditions are unique and interesting to me. I love their temples, the historic architecture and the history itself. Also Japanese people love Bulgarians because our yogurt is exported to Japan. One day when I went to buy some items from the Japanese grocery store, the store owner asked me where I’m from and I said “Bulgaria”. He told me, “Oh we love your yogurt”, it was kind of funny actually 🙂
4. If you could bring ANYTHING from Japan back to the place you live in, what would you bring?
Well, since it says anything then I would bring back the way people treat each other. I’m sure there are rude people in Japan, but they are more rude people in here. As I said earlier, I like being around kind and respective people, we need more of those in life.
5. Are you able to speak some Japanese? If so, type some words you know and teach the community! If not, are you considering learning?
I know some word and phrases, but I cannot speak Japanese. However, here are some words and phrases I can say in Japanese.
- Moshi, Moshi (a phrase Japanese people say when they answer the phone)
- Ii tenki desu ne? (Isn’t the weather wonderful today)
- Ja ne (see you later)
- Tomodachi (friend)
- Konichiwa, watashi wa namae wa, Radostina, yoroshiku onegaishimasu ( Hello, my name is Radostina, pleased to meet you)
This gives you a brief glimpse of some of the words and phrases that I know. There are very basic, but it’s a good start to learning Japanese.
6. What is your favorite Japanese dish?
I like many , but my favorite are sushi and ramen.
7. What is your favorite Japanese sweet/candy?
I love taiyaki, a fish shaped pastry with red bean filling and I also love Pocky or any Meiji brand chocolate treats.
8. Do you listen to J-pop? Who is your favorite group? (Add a song so others can listen!)
I do listen to J-pop, but not as much as I used when I was a teenager. Some of my favorites are Ayumi Hamasaki, Nami Tamaki, Attack All Around, ARASHI, Namie Amuro, and many more.
9. If you woke up in Japan the next morning, what would be the first thing you do?
I would go down to Shibuya and have breakfast at the cutest cafe 🙂 maybe this Fall I will get to do that 🙂
Thank you all for reading, if you have gone to Japan or live in Japan as a foreigner, comment below and share your thoughts and experiences.
See you soon!
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