This blog tells the story of my time in Japan, what I did, what I saw, what I thought and what I learned. It is a way of sharing my experiences with friends and family, and anyone who might take an interest.
For those who don’t know me, I am a mechanical engineer from Dublin, Ireland, 41 years old and married to Yuko. We moved (together with our two dogs) to Japan from Ireland in March 2012. Although I had visited Japan many times before, this was my first time to live and work here.
In this blog, I will not be attempting big topics, like politics or religion or history or the Japanese character or the national economy. I will leave those things to the experts. Instead I will be writing about the smaller details of life, things that catch my attention, and my own little struggles and triumphs with the language and the culture. My hope is that over time, these will gradually build up into a picture of life in Japan, from the point of view of one Irishman living here.
[Update: After living in Japan for just over a year, we returned to Ireland in May 2013.]
Please feel free to read, to follow the blog if you like it, and above all to comment, to let me know if you enjoyed something I wrote, or to offer a different perspective.