During my many years as a Japan-o-holic, I have browsed the web for all things Japanese. While I found stores of information about how weird the Japanese are, and all the subcultures they indulge in, it was very hard to find any information about the simple reality of day-to-day life in Japan. Hence this blog.
It is my attempt to describe my experiences while spending a year in Japan. As I write these articles, I hope to deepen my own understanding of Japanese culture. I try to remain honest and nuanced, while at the same time adding some humour and self-mockery.
Haruko-chan (not my real name, obviously) is a Belgian national who has spent a year living in Toyota City, Aichi prefecture, Japan. Although I am now once again living in Belgium, the year in Japan has provided me with so many experiences that I hope to continue this blog for a good while. The recent return to Belgium has also given me a new perspective on life in Europe. I can now try to look at the world through Japanese glasses. As this blog continues, I will not only provide you with Japan stories, I will also look for pieces of Japan in Belgium. I wonder what the search will yield.
Apart from a view into Japanese daily life, I also try to offer some practical information for people interested in Japan or planning to visit Japan, and some information specific for Toyota City.
- The ‘Japan Guide’ offers some tips and tricks that make life in Japan (as a tourist or a resident) that much easier.
- The ‘Book List’ gives an idea of what to read if you want to know more about Japan. It is by no means meant to be an exhaustive list. Feel free to add your own suggestions in the comments section.