The Pre-Blog History

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 moreΒ  years – Ive got two babies, and no time for Japanese classes anymore. My language skills are still basic at best,Β  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.

8 thoughts on “The Pre-Blog History

  1. Nice to meet you, thanks for checking out my blog. I’ve also been fascinated by Japanese culture and life since my first anime as a child. All the best with building your life there!

  2. Thanks for all the wonderful comments over on my blog! πŸ™‚ I am so happy to meet another Japan culture adventurer. I see you tagged your post Hida. What a beautiful region of Japan. I enjoyed the onsen in Takayama one winter. Soaking in the warm water with snow falling on me was magical. Jessy

    1. Oh wow! Yes, Hida Takayama. So great that you’ve been there. I have been several times now. The countryside is quite magical, and people so very sweet. The move feels something like a dream, which will of course be amazing in some ways, and a huge culture shock in others. Being so burnt-out on Los Angeles culture… i know I’ve maybe built it up the change a little much. But the change is just something that mentally… even physically…(when i think of health, and stress) that I’ve been waiting for.

  3. What an exciting adventure! I’ve considered permanently relocating to Japan a number of times, and even visited some condos on the market. But, every time I consider the logistics of what would actually be involved, I shy away from it. I’m only 26, so hopefully my path isn’t set in stone yet. You’re an inspiration haha! I still hope that one day I will have the guts to do it, and that the right opportunity will present itself. I’m looking forward to following along on your journey!

    1. We’ll see how permanent it is, but a couple years at least. Thank you for your kind words! You are young, you can do anything… but time flies fast, and big change only gets more difficult. heheh. (especially with kids) We are selling everything right now, so it’s crazy seeing all possessions disappear, and the house emptying. Hard to let go of a few things, but mostly it just feels good to lighten the load. A few boxes will stay with family. Fresh start.

  4. I’ve been living in Japan five years this March and will be here for at least a few more. Glad that you are taking the steps to follow your dream. Moving across the world is a fun and exciting adventure. All the best with your next journey!

    1. That’s great, i’m excited and anxious and nervous all at once. Certain it is the right move, but know that a year of challenges lay ahead. πŸ™‚
      Any insights you have regarding the transition are welcome.

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