Ahh…Japan aka Nihon 🇯🇵🗾⛩
My second home…The connection I have with this country is like no other. I’ll give you a rundown on why this is my second home and why I decided to move here.
After I was born on the Gold Coast, Australia at 9 months old my parents decided to live in Japan for 4 years. (FYI my dad is Japanese) My first language was Japanese (aka Nihongo) I lived in Gifu at my grandparent’s house and went to preschool there too. After 4 years later we came back to Australia but I was really worried not being able to speak any English. (Obviously, it worked out fine😉)
However, my Japanese slowly disappeared 😞 Unlike most foreign parents we only spoke English at home. (I think because my dad was trying to learn English at the same time). We would still visit Japan nearly once a year but every year that went past my Japanese got worse and worse.
My parents even put me in a Japanese Saturday morning school. I HATED IT! I never wanted to go because all the Japanese kids were fluent and I wasn’t. It was soooo difficult for me as the level wasn’t the same. (I only liked sports day for some reason Japanese kids were slow at running 🤔) Of course, I studied Japanese in primary school, high school and even had private tutors. I could remember how to read, write and listen but I could never practice my speaking.
My Japanese family were always disappointed when I couldn’t communicate with them and I also felt disappointed in myself too 😔 Especially my grandpa as he looked after me so much as a young kid and all he wants to do is have a good old chin wag. No matter how many lessons I did, it was never enough for me to hold a good conversation.
I knew the best way to learn Japanese was to immerse myself in Japan. About 3 years ago my friend Alex and I actually decided to do exactly that with my Japanese family for 6 months and study Japanese at a local school. We both saved up $10k each and couldn’t wait to go. Unfortunately closer to the date my dad got sick so I canceled everything and decided not to go. So living in Japan was something I’ve always wanted to do.
Luis and I have visited Japan twice together since and we both loved every minute. Luckily enough Luis is absolutely addicted to eating Japanese food as much as me! 🍱 He has always wanted to live abroad and I’ve always wanted to learn Japanese so we thought why not Japan? (being a halfie was easier to start there)
Now it’s only been 1 week living in Japan. We stayed with my family in Gifu the whole time so it has been quite easy. But now we are on our way to Tokyo to start living in a share house for 3 months which will definitely be another blog.
Plus side: My Japanese has already improved so much in 1 week! 🙌🏼 what will it be like in 12 months?😁