Whenever I take the one-hour-long train ride into Tokyo and meet new acquaintances that live within the city, I always hear the same words. “You live in Funabashi (Chiba), isn’t that so far away?!”
Yes, for someone within minutes of the central hub of Tokyo, it can be considered far. However, I wouldn’t have it any other way. I love living in the suburbs, where I believe that I truly get the best of both worlds of living near a city, but also around nature.
There are some main reasons why I love living in the suburbs.
I live right…
One of my favorite things to do in Tokyo is to explore new cafes.
With a booming cafe and coffee culture, the Tokyo area offers a variety of cafes, where you can work in, sleep in, or just go to enjoy some drinks.
There are major chains such as Doutor, Tully’s Coffee, and Starbucks — these places are always crowded due to their cheaper prices and reliable service.
Although it might not be a rare, hole-in-the-wall cafe that we only hope to find, these chains are actually a great option for aromatic coffee, and a casual environment to work in.
Moving to a major city — Tokyo, Japan, is one of the best decisions I ever made.
Throughout this past year and a half, it’s been scary, lonely, and frustrating. Yet, it’s also been enriching, eye-opening, and life-changing at the same time.
Every excursion holds something new, and it seems like it will stay that way for years to come. There is always something to do, and always someone new to meet. After a year and a half of living here, I still have so much to explore.
In March of 2020, I moved to Tokyo, Japan from the suburban…
The older I get, the more my mind seems to run wild with potential problems that could show up in my life.
Things I need to prepare for right now or else — well, I don’t even want to consider an “or else”.
Being an overthinker makes me worry about the future. On what choice to make regarding your career or relationships, or simpler things like should I go grocery shopping today or tomorrow.
It can be hard to be present in the moment when society constantly tells us to prepare, prepare, prepare. …
I woke up early, not knowing what to expect at the Ghibli Museum. Born and raised in the Washington D.C metropolitan area, I thought I knew what the best museums had to offer (we have a LOT of free museums in D.C.).
I should’ve known, however, the Ghibli Museum was going to be different from the ones I went to in the past.
I came out with an appreciation and awe for the creators of these movies that are renowned globally. So what exactly was it like visiting one of Japan’s most popular museums? Impressive would be saying the least.
The concept of journaling is so simple; you write anything you want. Anything.
Yet, when I started, it felt so unnatural for me to write without a prompt. Staring at the first blank page of my notebook, I thought to myself, “What the hell do I write about?” Perhaps it was my schooling that made me think all acts of writing were for something academic, but I didn’t know at all how to write for myself.
All I knew was that journaling was going to be beneficial for me. I’m sure you’ve seen it before too. The stats that journaling…
After listening to the newest podcast episode of “Ologies” by Alie Ward that was focused on the study of happiness, an idea was brought up that got me thinking.
Liking something and wanting something are two separate things, and more often than not, just because we like something doesn’t mean we want to do it.
Take the practice of writing as an example. We tend to pressure ourselves into making the time to do it. …
When I moved out of my parent’s house last year, I knew what I was leaving behind. My family, my friends, and all things familiar to me. I was leaving my two dogs, Shadow and Coco.
Weighing in at a combined twenty-five pounds, it’s not an understatement to say I treated these two small dogs like my children. I fed them, had them exercise, played with them, and cleaned up after them. I was their main caregiver.
But as with all things in life, I had to make a choice. …
When I started teaching myself Japanese in middle school, there was no way I could’ve known how much of an influence learning a foreign language would have on my life.
As a bit of background, I am a native English speaker who has learned how to read, write and speak Japanese. I did not grow up in a Japanese-speaking environment, nor did I have many Japanese friends (until college). But I devoted all my time to learning Japanese and graduated with a degree in it.
Now, I currently live in Japan and speak Japanese on a daily basis. After studying…
Do you want a fulfilled life? I think all of us would answer this with “Yes”.
I recently read this in a book,
“…if he wants to engage with a more productive long life he has to face up to his choices, make decision, and engage both his efficacy (‘I am competent to do this’) and his agency (‘I have the self-control and will to make this happen.’). In other words, he needs to be less passive.” pg 158–159 of “The 100-Year Life” by Lyndra Gratton and Andrew Scott
These are the two key features needed to achieve a fulfilled…