The amount of times I have been asked that short question…
Most of you who know me or follow me around on social media will know I’m quite enamoured with the country called Japan. It’s been this way since I was around 9 and my love for the country has only grown since. With taking on the language, and preparing to move over in 2018, I’m quite dedicated to the great cause of calling this country home…and why that is…
Have you ever stumbled across a place so beautiful? Rugged mountains, snow-topped Fuji-san, never-ending forests, picturesque lakes, dramatic coastlines, and that’s only taking natural beauty into account. When you add magnificent temples and shrines to the mix, along with some modern elements such as the glossy shinkansen – it’s hard not to fall in love. I even love the parts of Japan that aren’t stereotypically beautiful – the architecture. Being a densely populated country and having to build earthquake-proof buildings = an eyesore for many. But growing up seeing Japan in media such as Anime and Manga, I’ve grown to love it + it’s just so different to anywhere else.
Tell me of a country where everyone queues and has impeccable manners. Where no job is too difficult. Where all public transport runs precisely on time. Where litter and dirt are not found on the streets. Where everyone takes care to not interfere with others by being polite and courteous in public. Where matcha and comfort food are available every block. Honestly, when people tell me going to other countries is stressful, it’s clear Japan has never been on their bucketlist. Not to mention the service you receive whilst travelling, service fit for a King.
THE ALIEN NATURE
I’ve kind of glossed over this one already. But to visit a country that is so unlike your own, but not in a bad way, it’s just so thrilling. The completely different people and way of life is so attractive. Even the little things, bowing, train jingles, mascots, onsens, conbinis, everything. I’ll be visiting Japan for the fourth time this year, returning to many of the same places. Even so, there is still so much for me to learn and discover, each time I come back having experienced more and more.
I FEEL AT HOME
Now, this is something, I just cannot explain. It’s easy to talk about what I love about Japan, but to explain why I feel so at home there is near on impossible. However stumbling across Theintrepidguide’s post, I discovered a german word that hit the nail on the head. Fernweh.
‘This German word, means an ache to get away and travel to a distant place, a feeling even stronger than wanderlust. It literally translates to “distance-sickness.” While someone with wanderlust might sit at home and happily fantasise about all the places they might visit, someone with fernweh would feel a deeper sense of longing, a sort of homesickness but for foreign lands.’
and you’ll never guess what that foreign land is…
|iPhone quality + low lighting = best photography ever to be seen – doesn’t matter as I was in my element here <3|
To be honest I could have made this post a lot longer… Is there anywhere on the planet you’re in love with? Or even is there anywhere locally that you just feel attached to?