I have about seven weeks left in Japan and I’m seriously considering what comes next. I’ve been chewing over two paths. One is getting back into publishing, with a view to writing and editing (easier said than done without the right qualifications). The other is tourism or, more specifically, Japan related tourism. I’m hoping that the job I do will have some relation to Japan, and the idea of helping other people to plan their adventures is really appealing.
Whatever job I end up doing, I also have to consider the location. I sort of had my heart set on London because everything is there. Also, I used to live there before, so it’s kind of “safe”. But I’m also considering other options (part of me would really like to live somewhere new, as there’ll be more opportunities for adventures).
Basically, before I even go for a job I have a little checklist for the location:
- Can I learn Japanese there? (I’m determined to continue studying with the hope of one day becoming fluent.)
- Can I eat/buy Japanese food there? (As much as I’ve missed certain British food/veggie food, I couldn’t live without sushi & takoyaki fixes!)
- Is there some kind of Japanese society or meet-up group which I can join? (I’m going to miss Japan so much, but I know having such a society and having Japanese friends will make me happy, and help me with my Japanese.)
- Is it easily accessible without a car? (This has nothing to do with Japan, but my license expired while living in Japan and I’m no hurry to get a new one!)
Of course, London checks all those boxes. Sadly some locations don’t. But it looks like I don’t have to narrow my search simply to London. I have a few other locations in mind, but perhaps you know of somewhere that meets my criteria? I’d love to hear about it!
For now, the job hunt continues. If you’re reading this and thinking that you’d quite like to employ a Japan-loving, tour-planning, Japanese-speaking, writing, editing, photograph-taking, highly organised British girl some time after May, please don’t hesitate to get in touch! 😉