You may be asking,”who is this” – or “what is the point” of this Blog. Let my try to make a long story – short;
As a kid i always had some curiosity about other cultures, especially Japan. But it wasn’t until I was an adult, around the age of 25, that I took my first Japanese language class on a whim (at SBCC), and really enjoyed it. I ended up making few language partners who became life long friends and further engaged my interest in the language and culture. And then the trail kind of goes cold for a while. I had quit my job in technology, and went back to school for audio & video, and chased the dream of a career in the music industry. After working to make many amazing records, and still being quite broke – i met my future wife, who at the time had been living in the US for about 5 years.
Fast forward a few years, and we’re married, I’m back in marketing as my primary career, I’ve spent time meeting her amazing family in both the US and Japan. Here I pick back up where I left off, taking Japanese language classes wherever I can find them, Los Angeles City Collage, Santa Monica College, Online, etc.
Fast forward a few more years – Ive got two babies, and no time for Japanese classes anymore. My language skills are still basic at best, but I’ve got a few Japan trips under my belt and have developed a love for the country, the people, and the culture. Will my language skills ever be passable? Will my kids grow up truly bilingual? When will they pass me up? There are many questions you ask yourself in a culturally mixed family unit.
So when did we decide that a move was necessary? It’s a bit hard to answer.
Seeing my son as a toddler enjoying the pristine countryside on a Japan trip, rather than having to prevent him from touching everything (like on a walk down the street in Los Angeles) was certainly food for thought. Speaking of food – how could fresh, locally grown, healthy food not be an influencer? Yes – having a support system of family, rather than always “going it lone” in LA was a factor. But the “Aha!” moment was probably when seeing our son play at the local town pre-school, and seeing how happy, and healthy he looked – It really got our brains working.
As humans we’re always looking for “what’s next” or the next challenge to overcome. At age 40 (this month) I should probably be buying a house (a near impossibility in my Los Angeles neighborhood). So with this in mind, we’ve opted for something quite opposite. Selling it all and starting over. The rest is details. But like everything – it all starts with making the decision.