‘My Language my Identity’ Published

This updated version of an article I wrote last year was recently published by the University of Wolverhampton Student’s Union on their site. Since writing the original, my experiences have developed even more, and the little skill I have in Japanese given me amazing opportunities. After years of working and dreaming, I have now visited Japan not…

Kyoto Kinder and Garden Gran Kidnap

3rd day in Japan. 1st day of Youchien (Kindergarten). Can’t be that different from nursery, right? Well, I wasn’t right. Same age kids, sure, but a very different experience.     The first half an hour was…well, I don’t really know – I got told which class (white rabbit class), said ‘hi’ to the teacher,…

Falling in Love with Arashiyama

Finally, a decent sleep. After the previous 24 hours of travelling, it was sorely needed. I woke up with the anxieties of the previous night swallowed up in the excitement of simply waking up IN JAPAN! Invigorated by thoughts of how I would spend my first free day in Kyoto, the city of my dreams…

A Long Journey for a Dreary Welcome

1 BUS. To Birmingham New Street. 1 TRAIN. Birmingham New Street to International Station. 3 PLANES. 15 hours. Birmingham to Dusseldorf, to Tokyo, to Osaka. 1 COACH. Osaka Itami Airport to Kyoto Station. 1 MORE TRAIN. Kyoto Station to Enmachi Station. Kyoto: 20:30, 27th June 2016. Weather: heavy rain. I arrived at Kyoto Station late, with…

The Cost of Dreams: My Top 5

The time I fly out to Japan (FINALLYYY) fast approaches. Just 12 DAYS to go! 12 days till I fly to Germany, to Tokyo, to Osaka, to do volunteer work in a Kyoto nursery and Kindergarten for 3 weeks, through ‘Workaway’. Since every dream requires at least some sacrifice to achieve, I thought it appropriate…

Prince of England Visits Japan

Prince William, the British Duke of Cambridgeshire, spent several days in Japan away from wife Kate Middleton and son George. The Duke played in a ball pit with children, attended a tea ceremony, visited sites of the Sendai Tsunami, tried on traditional Japanese clothes and samurai armour and more. A lot of it may be…