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…

I love you Finland

It is officially the 101th birthday of Finland today. Never would I’ve thought I’d be missing my home country this much when I got a one-way ticket to Japan, but now that I live here, I’ve noticed what a great country Finland is and that there are so many things I love and miss about…

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…