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.


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.


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?


  1. Food & Baker
    February 23, 2017 / 5:01 pm

    This was an absoulte beauty to read, your photos are amazing and although we've never been, just reading this has given us more of an ubdrftansdment towards Japan. We'd love to visit there one day and feel the love you do. Thanks for sharing!Jessica & James | foodandbaker.co.uk

  2. lindsaymurrell
    February 23, 2017 / 5:04 pm

    I've always wanted to visit Japan! Now I want to visit it even more after reading this :)! Great post lovely!L xowww.lindsaymurrell.co.uk

  3. abbeylouisarose
    February 23, 2017 / 5:04 pm

    This was such a warm and heartfelt post, Sophie! Your genuine love of and appreciation for the country really comes through! I'm with you on the beautiful landscapes, what a gorgeous place to live! I hadn't heard of the German concept of Fernweh before but it's intriguing, thanks for sharing!Abbey 😘 http://www.abbeylouisarose.co.uk

  4. Reva
    February 23, 2017 / 5:06 pm

    This has now made me want to travel to Japan!It is beautiful & I'd love the opportunity to photograph that beauty one day.That last image is adorbs btw!Be well

  5. Vicki Louise
    February 23, 2017 / 5:07 pm

    Loved this post (your writing and photos are just so lovely) Japan is one of those places I've wanted to go to for as long as I can remember!Vicki xhttp://neverlandvicki.blogspot.co.uk/

  6. mchi | mchiouji
    February 23, 2017 / 5:07 pm

    I absolutely adore this post. As someone who adores Japan as much as you do, this obviously speaks to me. I feel this way about Korea too. There's just so much lovely in those two countries that I'm excited to get the chance to travel there when I can. Lovely post and thank you for sharing. ❤️mchi | mchiouji — http://blog.mchiouji.me ・ω・

  7. Womanish Affairs
    February 23, 2017 / 5:10 pm

    I really want to travel to Japan now. It looks and sounds beautiful. My cousin has been trying to get a group of us to go Japan with her. Should definitely make it happen.Thanks for sharing.Sabah || http://www.womanishaffairs.org

  8. Corinne & Kirsty
    February 23, 2017 / 5:11 pm

    Japan looks absolutely amazing! living there sounds fantastics! I get what you mean for the streets, transports, etc; But isn't a really expensive country to live in? And I heard it is quite a homogeneous society. xx C&K

  9. Lola Bellouere
    February 23, 2017 / 5:13 pm

    This was such a great read. My cousin also loves Japan and spent the summer over there. She will be heading to Korea for a year next year. Its a place that I wouldnt mind visiting just for its sheer beauty. I love France and Morocco personally xLola Mia // http://www.lolitabonita.co.uk

  10. Kim K Photography
    February 23, 2017 / 5:15 pm

    Japan is one of the places I want to visit the most! Reading this made me want to jump on a plane and go right now 💖

  11. Breanna Catharina
    February 23, 2017 / 5:15 pm

    If you feel like Japan is your home and where you belong, you have to go. It's that simple. You're clearly passionate and feel a connection to Japan beyond a tourist intrigue. Based off this post, I think moving there is the logical choice. Good luck, babe! Breanna Catharinatoocuteforlife.com

  12. Anonymous
    February 23, 2017 / 5:16 pm

    Japan has been so high up on my list of places to go for YEARS. Your photos are beautiful, I'm so jealous ��

  13. Little Miss Mel
    February 23, 2017 / 5:17 pm

    I've never even considered visiting Japan. Your post makes me want to see it. Your photos are beautiful as is the whole post. littlemissmelanie.com

  14. Tiffany Rawling
    February 23, 2017 / 5:33 pm

    This is such a lovely post, I completely understand how you feel because I feel the same about London, definitely not as far away as Japan but I just adore it and what you've said in this post completely sums up how I feel about it. I've never been too interested in going to Japan but it does look beautiful and it's so nice you have a place you feel so at home :)Tiffany x http://www.foodandotherloves.co.uk

  15. Saroosh M
    February 23, 2017 / 5:41 pm

    Aww man, this makes me want to go there even more.Amazing post, btw =)

  16. Lizzie ♥
    February 23, 2017 / 5:44 pm

    I'm so excited to go to Japan, it's at the top of my travel wishlist and I've been saving up like crazy! I don't know how I'll react when I'll land in Tokyo – cry with happiness, I suppose. I just love everything about it and this post has reinforced my excitement! Lizzie Bee // hello lizzie bee

  17. Annanya Priyadarshini
    February 23, 2017 / 5:51 pm

    I'm learning Japanese too!I wish I get to visit Japan soon, it really is such a beautiful country. :)wordsandsmilesblog.wordpress.com

  18. Eve Morgan
    February 23, 2017 / 6:30 pm

    Lovely post! I've always loved Japanese culture! I used to read manga and collect momiji dolls. I've always wanted to visit but I can't afford it yet!

  19. samantha wiggs
    February 24, 2017 / 4:36 pm

    Japan is definitely at the top of my bucket list! Such an interesting culture and so much tradition all in one place! xSamantha // aleggygal.blogspot.com

  20. Sophie R
    February 24, 2017 / 9:20 pm

    Lovely post! Japan is definitely on my Bucket List of places to travel to, I agree with you on many of these points here as well, the culture is so interesting xxSophie's Spot

  21. Gabrielle RoseBonniee
    February 26, 2017 / 8:50 pm

    Japan is amazing! I would like to go there at least for a trip too! Lovely photos ❀Do you wanna follow each other via GFC or Bloglovin? Lemme know ♥* Blog de la Licorne *

  22. Georgyana
    February 28, 2017 / 11:04 pm

    Very lovely intimate blog post. Can I ask what do you plan to work in Japan? You said you plan to move there in 2018? What will you work for? And you said that it is easy to have a job. Can you talk more about that ?

    • sophieannetaylor
      March 4, 2017 / 9:40 pm

      I plan to be an English teacher – having English as my native language is quite a good thing, as native English speakers are high in demand currently in East Asian countries. Japan has many programmes both public and private sector which hire people from the UK, USA, Canada, Australia etc to teach English to Japanese school children. I'll probably blog about it in more detail more in the future but my current focus is making myself as employable as possible (keeping my grades up, learning Japanese etc) as I want to get the best job possible (but getting hired on the whole is pretty easy – just the best jobs are competitive) I hope that clears things up for you 🙂 xx

  23. Kate
    March 5, 2017 / 12:13 am

    I really enjoyed reading this. I've wanted to visit Japan for so long, I'm also fascinated with the culture and the country just looks so beautiful xkatieleanne.co.uk

  24. Maren
    March 10, 2017 / 1:14 pm

    Great post! I went to Japan during an exchange in school for a few weeks. It is such a beautiful country and I would love to visit it again one day 🙂 xwww.lovelybees.net

  25. Hannah D
    May 1, 2017 / 8:53 pm

    As a big Japan fan I can completely relate to why you want to move there. Thanks for the heartfelt and enjoyable postwww.thenorthernwrites.co.uk

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