I’ve now been in Tokyo just over 18 months, and a lot has happened! I’ve been promoted at work, got my Aikido black belt, and experienced so much more of the city and culture. So, in brief, here are a few of the things I’ve been up to …
It’s much harder to be motivated to cook in Japan since it’s so easy and cheap to buy decent meals, but I still enjoy cooking when I have time - not to mention learning to make Japanese dishes from friends!
Festivals of many kinds
Having been to most of the Tokyo’s tourist attractions during my exchange, one of my new weekend pastimes is going to the many cultural festivals that happen here.
On reflection I think I need to take more photos of the actual food!
Halloween in Shibuya
One of the biggest yearly events here is the Shibuya Halloween party.
Back for a while
Last Christmas and New Year I went back to New Zealand for a while to see the family, eat some steak pies and pavlova, and have a proper (i.e. summer) Christmas!
My teacher happens to know a sake brewer in the mountains nearby, so naturally we went up there for a tour of the brewery and a taste of sake brewed with the famously clear water of the local stream.
And onwards …
Having reached the halfway point of my semi-planned stay in Japan, I’m starting to get reflective. Tokyo is an amazing and fun city, but it doesn’t feel like a place to settle down. I’m still not sure where my next stop will be (back to NZ? On to the UK? Somewhere else in Japan? Somewhere else in the world?) but I do feel like it’s coming in the not-too-distant future.