It’s been an entire month without a post, but don’t worry, we’re still here. We’ve just been extremely busy with our move to Tokyo! If you think moving is really stressful (spoiler: it is), moving to another country where you don’t speak the language is quite… well, quite the experience (spoiler: next level stressful).
It’s by far the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life.
One thing that really caught us off-guard is how untrusting (some) Japanese people and companies were with us. Being from Hawaii, I know we’re generally a lot friendlier and trusting than peeps in big cities. However, Sara and I both have a lot going for us career / education-wise so it was a bit frustrating. Not to mention, we’re both ethnically Japanese, and (I think) I qualify as a highly skilled professional (- foreigners Japan is currently trying to attract!). We experienced so many highs/lows (and nuances) moving to Japan that we’ll have to save that rant for another day.
In any case, we finally made it!
We wanted to send a small update to say that we’ve finally settled into a small two bedroom apartment in Nakano-ku! We’re on the south side of the station – so it’s quiet and suburban-like with the madness of Nakano Broadway only a few minutes away. We’re also one stop from Shinjuku and one transfer (three stops) away from Shibuya.
Now to the important part.
If we’ve ever crossed paths in life* and you need a place to stay in Tokyo, please email us!
No guarantees, but if the room is available, we’ll try to get you in.
*Even if we’ve never met, we love to meet new friends.
Here’s a Google calendar that shows the extra room’s availability.
Bonus points to my mother-in-law who will be our first guest in a few weeks! Yay, mom!
p.s. We’d also like to give a big shout-out to Tomo, Misaki, Sheldon/Eri, and Lisa – because without y’all, none of this would have been possible. <3
Ryan and Sara,
My visit was so short but I enjoyed every minute of it! Loved all the places you showed me. Loved your neighborhood…especially the little coffee cafes and walking path.
Most of all…I have no doubt you both have got it together and I am not worried or stressed that you are so far away! Yes, I was a bit worried…
Thank you for allowing me a place to rest and relax! Love you both!
PS Dad and I will visit very soon! 😊 Don’t worry we will be sure to make reservations at the Kanno Hotel!