25 things I learned at 25

25 25 has been one of the most amazing years in my life; I started it in Sendai celebrating my birthday with my boyfriend, his family and all my Sendai friends; spent the most amazing spring and summer in Finland with my family and friends; found an internship followed by the job of my dreams…

Back to Finland (for now)

So, it’s been a crazy couple of months… During which I finished my internship in Tokyo, found my dream job in the same city, flew back to Finland and now I’m waiting for my working visa -after which I’ll be officially living in Tokyo! Truth be told I was not expecting to go back home…

Job Hunting in Japan

My internship in Tokyo is slowly coming to an end but I’m not ready to go back to Finland and leave my life here behind. I know job hunting in Japan might sound a little intimidating for a foreigner (it sure was for me) and if you can’t speak Japanese your options might be quite…

Thank you 2018, but I’m ready for 2019!

2018 was a year of change for a lot of people, including me; I left my life in Finland behind and came to Japan (not knowing what was waiting for me). It wasn’t easy at times and there was a point I was seriously considering if I’d made the right choice coming here or if…

Finding Happiness in Every Day

I’ve been feeling a little down lately. Nothing bad has happened and it’s not that I’m not enjoying my life in Tokyo; I’ve been just a little tired and sad for no apparent reason. I think it must have something to do with my 3-month mark here in Japan; where I’m finally settled into my life…

Dreams (are meant to be chased)

Living in Japan has been my dream ever since I could remember. It all started with falling in love with Japanese culture; manga, anime, owarai, dramas etc. that made me curious to see the country and its culture with my own eyes. Later on it turned into reality in the form of an exchange year…

Expectations vs. Reality

One month has passed since I started my life in Tokyo and I have finally started to get used to the everyday life; my room and the area I live in feel like home, work is fun and I’m meeting with people once in a while while maintaining my daily routines. At the same time,…

How Making Friends Isn’t So Easy After School

So now that life has calmed down a little and I don’t have to run around like a headless chicken trying to get things done anymore, I have realized how lonely living in a foreign country can get. I like to think of myself as an outgoing introvert; I enjoy spending time with people I…

Dreams are meant to be followed, life is meant to be lived

On the day I left for my new life on the other side of the world I received a card with these words on it together with Paulo Coelho’s the Alchemist from my best friend. At the time I had no idea what these words would come to mean to me during my time in Japan. More…

It’s hard to be an adult (in a foreign country)

It’s now been a few weeks since I started my internship in Tokyo and last Saturday I finally moved into my apartment! This marks the official start of my life in Tokyo and I couldn’t be happier with the area I live in; it’s the dream-come-true of any hipster. But let me tell you, getting…