Hello everyone and thank you for visiting my website and blog. I hope you have enjoyed the content and posts thus far. I wanted to take a moment and share a little about myself and the reason for this website's existence.
My strong interest and passion started over a decade go due to friends introducing me to Japanese art and culture. At that time, the only way to indulge in anything Japanese was to either watch a couple of dubbed television shows on Toonami, attend a convention, or actually visit Japan. I was always envious of friends that did exchange programs to Japan and knew one day I would visit too. Through my time in high school and college, I indulged in Japanese history, cultural articles, watched anime shows, and went to a number of conventions. I also volunteered for a few Japanese culture related events. After graduating college with a business degree, I started a full-time job in retail management and had my first real opportunity to save for vacations.
Seven years later, I finally got serious about visiting Japan. Life happens fast and unless you prioritize what is important, time will pass you by. I set a time frame for when I wanted to go and began saving toward the trip. At six months out I booked a flight, lodging arrangements, and starting planning the details. After a year of saving and over 60 hours of planning, I was ready to take a solo adventure to Japan in April 2016. I loved every minute of the ten day trip and explored Tokyo, Kyoto, Hiroshima, and Miyajima Island. Some of the most amazing things about Japan can only be experienced in person. Japan is a very safe place to travel alone as long as you having an understanding of the culture, acknowledge the language barrier, and follow safety protocol. I learned so much planning and visiting the country. In June 2017, I was able to visit again with my fiance and her mother. We had an excellent time and I got see more of Japan with minimal overlap from the first trip. I also planned the bulk of my second trip, but it is important to plan less when traveling with others. I decided after the trip to share my knowledge and passion for Japan with others. My goal for this website is to share interesting and helpful information for others to enjoy and ultimately plan a trip of their own.
I currently work full-time and attend part-time MBA school. My time is limited with class twice a week on top of my daily job, but I make a priority to post fascinating topics with relevant information. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to send a message through the Get in Touch page.
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