My Own Japan
Everyone comes to Japan for a different reason. Find out why these people came and how they live their dream.

My Own Japan: An Extended Martial Pilgrimage

February 15th, 2018 By Elizabeth Scally
My Own Japan

In 1992, the spring of my first year at university in Vancouver, Canada, while browsing collector's comic books with my father, I flicked through a stack of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles back issues. I remarked to my father, "Some American comic book artists made up Japanese-themed warriors and called them ninja." My father told me that this was no invention, and that ninja espionage agents and guerrilla fighters in ... Read More

My Own Japan: Tough Love: Japanese Cinema and I

January 25th, 2018 By Andreas Neuenkirchen
My Own Japan

To say that I first came to Japan because of my love for Japanese cinema would be a major simplification. A gross exaggeration. Actually an outright lie. I first came to Japan, because my company needed someone to go to Japan. However, I’m sure my love for Japanese cinema played a part in my quick decision that I shall be the one, when my colleagues either couldn’t be ... Read More

My Own Japan: Life as a Gyaru and Working in Shibuya 109

January 4th, 2018 By Teni Wada
My Own Japan

We all have a story of how we ended up in Japan. Whether it be love, studies, martial arts, calligraphy, animation, swordmaking, you name it, there’s something that attracted us to this island country. Here is my story.It begins perhaps much like the stories of anyone interested in all things Japan. It was 2002 and I started my senior year of high school at as a transfer student ... Read More

My Own Japan: The Chase - Fulfilling One Dream after Another

December 14th, 2017 By Aja Alano
My Own Japan

My fascination towards Japan can be traced as far back as 10 years ago, 2007, when the local television in my country started broadcasting dramas from Japan. But it was until I watched this certain drama series entitled Hanazakari no Kimitachi e that I totally got hooked and curious about the country. As a young girl back then, all I could do was to read things on the Internet and ... Read More

My Own Japan: Animal Activism in Tokyo

November 9th, 2017 By Helen Marvell
My Own Japan

I had already been a vegetarian for 15 years when I moved to Japan 6 years ago from the UK. Back then, vegetarianism was relatively unheard of, and bacon was considered a plant...My life in Japan started in Wakayama, the prefecture made infamous by the documentary film, The Cove. A bit of background if you don’t know what I’m talking about; Every year between September and April ... Read More

My Own Japan: A Journey Into Myself With The Spirit of Japan

October 18th, 2017 By Paul Stewart
My Own Japan

As I walked around my quiet apartment in Kuwait of the Middle East, I picked up my broom usually used for sweeping up the ever-present dust of the desert city. But instead of sweeping, I removed the brush head and began automatically and rhythmically swinging the handle around like a sword. The movement, naturalness and presence in that silence, seemed to be my soul opening a view into a previously ... Read More