Basically, I can't get enough of Japan - so I'm going to go and live there for a while! I applied for a handful of seasonal jobs in Niseko, the ski resort that I've gotten to know quite well over my two visits, and which is world-famous for its incredible powder snow. To my amazement (given I have no experience in hospitality/tourism), I've been offered a job for the 2015/16 winter season! I'm so happy and overwhelmed with excitement. I don't think I've ever spent more than 20 days or so out of the UK before - I never did a gap year or anything - so this is quite a big deal for me. But I'm glad that I am doing it now; I think now that I'm a little older and wiser I can really make the most of a trip like this.
Now that I have a job offer I am going to apply for a Working Holiday Visa, which will allow me to stay in Japan for a year. After the winter season is over and I've had my fill of japow, I plan to work my way down through the islands, ending up in Okinawa for the summer. I've never been there but it looks like a tropical paradise! It's known as Japan's answer to Hawaii.
I have so much to sort out before I move to Japan at the end of October! Of course I will document my adventure on here when I get there. In the meantime, I thought I would share some of my favourite photos from my previous trips to Japan.
|Fresh mineral water spring near Kutchan, Hokkaido|
|Canal at Otaru, Hokkaido|
|View of Mt Yotei from the Niseko slopes|
|Craft Beer at Harajuku Taprooms, Tokyo|
|Crab sign, Otaru fish market|
|An android at The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation, Tokyo|
|A view of the Imperial Palace, Tokyo|
|Shinjuku, Tokyo at night|
|Tokyo's Sky Tree surrounded by real trees|
Japan has such a unique mix of natural beauty, ancient traditions, innovative technologies and incredible food and drink. That's why I love it so much! I can't wait to fully immerse myself in the culture.
Have you ever lived abroad? Have you visited Japan before?