Happy New Year

A Belated Happy New Year

January 8, 2013 · 1 comment

Where on earth did 2012 go? At least the Mayan’s were wrong (apparently). Although I didn’t get much travelling done it was a busy year for me. After a 7 year long gap year (really!), I finished my bachelor of science degree. I got engaged, married and emigrated to Japan, and also had 4 different jobs this year too, as well as attempting to upkeep this blog.

Japanese Dessert Lucky Bag

Japanese Dessert Lucky Bag

So we enter the 13th year of the millenium. It’s time to reflect, re-evaluate and move on with life, as we all do every year. Unfortunately I’ve broken my 3 year long new year celebration on different continents continuity this year, by returning to Asia (Japan) where I brought in the new year 2 years ago. Last year was Europe (London), so at least I’m in a different continent to last year, so that still counts, right?

This year I don’t have a major plan, but I’m going to continue learning Japanese, develop a new website which is not travel focused, and try to travel as much as possible around Japan, although I don’t think I can get to many other countries, there is so much to see in Japan I don’t think this blog’s content will suffer because of my lack of flying this year.

I’ve also got myself a phone (iPhone 5, yay!) which actually works with the internet here in Japan (they make it unbelievably difficult to use your own phone here as a foreigner), and have started using Instagram, you can follow my photos of life in Japan here on there, feel free to follow me too if you’re using the app! I spent my new year holiday with my wife’s family in Sendai and rented a car for a day to look at the tsunami aftermath, I took a few videos too so I’ll do a post on that soon, but here is a sneak peak photo anyway.

Building standing after tsunami

Tsunami Japan

Don’t worry I’m not going to make a habit of posting instagram photos on this blog, just I felt this one suited a teaser shot well.

Here’s to 2013, Kampai!

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2011 turned out to be quite an eventful year for me. Kicking it off with celebration at Zojoji temple and watching Tokyo Tower lit up promised good things. In the same weekend in Tokyo I also discovered Japanese lucky bags, a surprising thrill comes from buying a reasonably priced bag and receiving a highly priced item inside tempted many shoppers.

Tokyo Tower at the turn of midnight Jan 1st 2011

Of course the big news of the year though came with the March 11th earthquake off the coast of Japan. I wasn’t far off this, just 80km away from the Fukushima nuclear reactors. Read the rest! \(^u^)/ →

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Fireworks 2012

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Happy New Year 2012

January 1, 2012 · 10 comments

So another year gone, how they seem to fly by so quickly.

Anyway enough drivel, I’ll get a best of 2011 post up soon (probably around March at the rate I work at). January maybe a bit slow for posts as I am working on a new front page for the website and have taken on a distance study course which I need to catch up with, such is life eh?

Thank you for all the support over 2011 and previous years, it’s been an interesting one with the events in Japan and me based in Fukushima, but I made some good friends there. In 2012 I think I will be focusing on my creative side a lot more. Back to basics with writing and photography, bringing higher quality items on here.

To kick us off, here’s a picture I took in London a few weeks back (I’m actually in London for New Years too) of the quality you can expect from me in 2012. Cheers and happy new year:

 
London red

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I’d just like to wish a happy new year to all my readers, I hope 2011 brings everything you hope it will ^_^

Just a regular arcade in Tokyo

As for me… Read the rest! \(^u^)/ →

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