There’s so many aspects of cross-cultural relationships that I want to talk about, so I had to start somewhere. When someone finds out that my boyfriend Hitomi (pronounced Hee-to-mee) is Japanese, the questions “Do you speak Japanese? Does he speaks English and/or French?” are somewhere in the Top 5 of the most asked questions. Therefore, I think it’s important to talk about that issue, when your significant other does not share the same native language as you.
There’s something uncanny about traveling. When you leave your home country, the one you always lived in, the one you consider being, well, home, and go on a trip in another country to discover the culture, nothing major happens.
And here I thought I would be alone 90% of the time in Japan… Ha. That’s a good one! I’m probably alone 10% of the time, and I’m not complaining. I always have something to do. My host mother takes me almost everywhere with her.
Well! After doing 19 hours in airports and planes, let me tell you I couldn’t wait to finally arrive in Japan. My flight went great! The airline, United, was wonderful. I was able to sleep a lot during the flights (I had one from Québec to Chicago, and then another from Chicago to Narita, Tokyo). Continue reading
Unfortunately, Japan is a far too vast country so that I can visit it all in only two months and a half. Also, I absolutely wanted to go in homestay families and stay there a long time instead of short-stay at hostels. So here’s my itinerary!
Ah, Japan! Who never heard of manga or sushi? It seems everybody knows about that, because those are the first two things people talk to me about when I say I’m going to travel in Japan. The third thing people say to me is “Ni Hao”, which means “Hi” in Mandarin (Chinese). Oops! I’m going to Japan, where people speak Japanese, not Chinese.
Hi and welcome to my blog Japan-aholic : A blog about culture and love in Japan
It’s here that I’ll write everything I feel important sharing as I’m discovering Japan.
There will be posts on food, culture, entertainement, fashion, architecture, history, geography… everything that comes to my mind! Continue reading