When I started this blog on 17th May 2007 I don’t think I could have imagined getting to 500 posts, let alone 1,000… but here I am today writing the 1,000th post of Haikugirl’s Japan! It’s been a roller coaster so far – thank you for riding it with me!
I thought a lot about how I wanted to celebrate this moment, and considered sharing my top ten posts or doing some kind of countdown, but in the end I decided that all I really wanted to do was remember why I started this blog, and explain why I still keep writing.
Back in 2006 I went on a big adventure – my first holiday by myself, my first time abroad alone, and my first trip to Asia. I went to Japan for two weeks, and in those short but absolutely action-packed two weeks I fell in love. Japan both mystified me and made sense to me like no other place I had ever been, and it felt like home.
Straight after that trip I joined MySpace, started learning Japanese, and became ‘Haikugirl’. I shared the early days of my journey on MySpace because I didn’t know about blogging, but fortunately friends soon introduced me to WordPress and then I was off!
I launched Haikugirl’s Japan with the post Memoirs of a Maiko shortly after my second trip to Japan, by which point I had decided I wanted to try living there, My blog became a forum in which to share my stories about planning to move abroad, and then to share my tales of living in Japan.
There are lots of expat bloggers out there and I had no idea what I was getting into, but before long I had become part of a wonderful community both in real life in Japan and in the world of J-Bloggers.
The journey has been fascinating, and my blog has grown with me. When I left Japan in 2011 I did worry that I wouldn’t be able to keep it up; that it would be too hard to write about Japan when I was living in the UK. I thought I would eventually run out of ideas and enthusiasm, but since April 2011 I have managed to write on average 18 posts a month!
My love for Japan has only grown over the years, and I can’t ever see it fading. Now it’s a massive part of my life, it’s my hobby, my passion, and even my work. Everything I do is somehow connected to this wonderful country, and now all I want is for everyone to appreciate Japan like I do. There are many reasons one could fall in love with Japan: the kawaii culture, the history and tradition, the music, art, food, or simply the gorgeous scenery as you travel around the country. Every day I still learn something new about Japan, and as I learn things I just want to share them with you, dear reader.
So, thank you for reading! To those of you who have been with me since the beginning, and those who have just joined recently, I really do appreciate every ‘like’, every comment, every share and every retweet. Arigatou gozaimasu! ありがとうございます！ これからよろしくおねがいします！(*^_^)v