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    • Shelly DS says

      You should definitely visit it! The sakuras are so pretty, and everyone comes out for picnics to enjoy the week. Living there can get a bit tedious though!

  1. bosssybabe says

    Wow, what an interesting life you’ve lived thus far, embarrassingly I’ve lived a pretty cocooned upbringing compared to you! I think there’s a unique strength in being able to leave your comfort zone and start over some place else, I admire that about you! 🙂

  2. beth says

    you have lived such an interesting life, and so much more to live. many adventures await you. I should love to visit Japan one day.

  3. Michelle (Boomer Eco Crusader) says

    I think I would be with you on the earthquakes. It’s one of the reasons I couldn’t live in California. I know people who live there and they say they can live with the earthquakes but they couldn’t live with snow like we do in Canada. Hmm…snow doesn’t usually cause mass destruction and kill people. I think I’ll take the snow. LOL

  4. AP2 says

    I love Japan. It’s one of my favourite countries in the world. The culture, the food, the people… Still I appreciate why living there would be a totally different experience. The work culture in Hong Kong – this part of the world – drives me nuts as well. I often think why work so hard all the time. There is more to life. Great post Shelly 🙏

    • Shelly DS says

      Gosh there is definitely more to life than wasting it at work all day! I mean, we work to live not the other way around. But you are absolutely right about how amazing it is – I really did love Japan when I was there.

    • Shelly DS says

      You will love Japan. It’s such a beautiful country with a very rich culture. Very unlikely that you’ll be staying home much… especially with the size of the homes 😉 As for being there long-term, it’s really a personal choice. I

  5. imifarm says

    I love Japan. Travelling round Japan for three weeks in 2018 was the best experience and I long to go back. But I couldn’t live there, and, like you it’s because of their work culture. I met a group in Tokyo who were celebrating a colleagues birthday on their lunch break. It was a Sunday and they said they had worked till 2am the night before! It’s such an un-realistic lifestyle and why mental illness and suicide rates are so high.
    Your experience living in Japan sounds incredible and I think you were there at the right time, whilst you were studying, rather than making it your home and building your career. xxx

    • Shelly DS says

      Lol the 2am work experience on the night before is so accurate! I mentioned in the post that the friends that stayed in Japan changed… that’s one of the ways they changed 😅 new company= new family!
      I’m so glad you got to visit~ it’s such a magical place!

  6. Markus + Micah says

    Japan seems like one of “those places” for you. I feel like you grew a lot there though and respect your strength. Also, I cannot imagine what it is like to have these big earthquakes and be constantly under threat. I would be so terrified!

  7. Rochelle | Adventuresfromelle says

    Oh goodness, the earthquakes! I’m surprised I don’t see more people complaining about that. I could never get used to that. We get an earthquake perhaps only once a year in Jamaica if so often, and they’re very slight. I can only recall ever feeling perhaps 4 tremors in my life. More have happened but they’re so gentle I don’t feel them.

  8. Shahrin says

    It’s amazing that you got to roam (if I can call it that) around the world while growing up —it must have been quite an experience.

    Omg -I can’t imagine what’s it like to check your phone for earthquakes —that would send me in a frenzy and probably home at the next flight🙈

    Don’t even start on running😂I used to run so fast 💨 but with the two things going up and down I can’t even get down the stairs gracefully.. xx

    • Shelly DS says

      Hahahaha girl you are just the funniest! I love your humor and the fact that you’re so relatable! I suppose we need to look at it as having the wealth of two rather than being poor and not having any 😂

  9. Helen says

    This was interesting!! May I ask, were you in Japan for school or work, or did you spend part of your childhood there?

    • Shelly DS says

      Thanks Helen 😊 I was there because of my dad’s job, and ended up doing 12th grade and all of university there. So, all of the above? Lol


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