Japan-aholic

A blog about culture and love in Japan


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Announcement: I’m Now On YouTube!

Hey guys!

Just a short post to introduce you to my brand new YouTube Channel!

I’ve been wanting to do videos for a lonnng time now, as some topics are hard to write about on a blog (especially since I have to put pictures every now and then to make it easier to read, but I haven’t got pictures that fit with every post I want to write).

So, here’s the introduction video!

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Strangeness And Familiarity (Reverse Culture Shock)

After a few months living in Japan as an exchange student, I’ve grown accustomed to some of the things I forgot were not part of daily life in Canada. I was back in the family house in my home country during February and March 2015 before coming back to Japan. I thought about sharing those few things that I was a bit shocked about the first few days I was in Canada. Continue reading


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An Owl Café in Akihabara

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Yes, you read the title correctly. A couple of weeks ago, I went to an owl café named Akiba Fukurou in Akihabara, Tokyo. Click here to go on their website.

Japan is pretty famous for their cat cafés, those places where you pay for the number of hours you spend there sipping on your coffee while playing with cats. I like all animals, so of course I had to go to a couple of those cat cafés. Continue reading


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What It Takes For A Long Distance Relationship To Work (LDR)

If I could meet my two-years-ago self and tell her “You will be in a long distance relationship soon”, she would probably laugh at my face and tell me “Yeah right” while rolling her eyes. For me, LDRs (Long Distance Relationships) were never an option. I always thought “Nope! Not for me, thank you very much” and just brushed it off without a second thought. That’s why when I met Hitomi (my current boyfriend), I didn’t want to be in love with him — essentially because we were going to live about 10 000 km apart. But since love is something you just can’t fight against, it created a strange situation for the first months of our relationship. I thought there was no way I would go back in Canada and deal with a LDR. Funny how life turns out, right? Continue reading


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Nightlife in Japan VS in Canada

A couple of days ago, I went to a Japanese club for the first time. I was surprised at how different it is from what I’m used to back in Canada, so I thought about doing a blog post about it. I might be wrong for a couple of things though, concerning the fact that I went to only one club in Japan, so some things might apply only to that place in particular, I wouldn’t know. Please tell me in the comments about your own experience in clubs in Japan! Continue reading


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You Want To Travel? Then Do It.

In the course of one’s life, there are always some people who affected us more than others. Some of them may stay very good friends, and some others are just passing by for a very short time, and then we never hear of them again.

But they still left their mark on their way.

There is such a person in my life that I’ll always remember of. In 2013, I was living in Kyoto in a house shared with other foreigners for a couple of weeks. They were all awesome people, and we had a great time together visiting the amazing temples and castles that this beautiful city has to offer. Continue reading


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On Being Anxious About Moving Abroad For Love

Before we get started, I want to warn you all that this post is kinda personal. It will not give you any tips on living in Japan or words of encouragement with your LDR/AMWF relationship, but it might hit home for some.

Stories like a person moving to another country to be with their significant other and living a happy life together ever after are numerous and always seem perfect and romantic. Hollywood movies have feed us with those type of stories, the ones where nobody questions if what they are doing is right, because they just “know” it’s right, when they are with the right person, their “soulmate”. In those stories, having doubts is considered a huge red flag that something is wrong with the relationship.

I, on the other hand, am questioning myself. Continue reading