This weekend I was delighted to receive the “Very Inspiring Blogger Award” from Ged over at Spectacular Sentience. Spectacular Sentience is a very inspiring blog, and Ged absolutely deserves to have won the award. One of the conditions of winning the award is to pass it on to the bloggers who inspire you, and I’m touched to think that anyone considers my blog inspiring. I’m just writing about what I love, and I’m writing because I don’t know what else I would do with myself if I didn’t write.
The rules of the award now ask that I:
- Thank the person who has awarded me by linking back to them
- Share 7 things about myself
- Pass the award onto 7 other bloggers and let them know I are awarded them
As this award was given to me for Haikugirl’s Japan, I’ll keep this all Japan-themed. So, here are 7 things about me that you may or may not know:
1) The first time I went to Japan was in 2006. Before that, I had never left Europe, and it was my first ever holiday alone. I travelled around Japan for two weeks, and loved it.
2) I still have difficulty writing my name in katakana: アリソン. ソ (so) and ン (n) look so similar, and my name always comes out as Alisoso or Alinn. (>_<)
3) The first Studio Ghibli movie I saw was Spirited Away. After that, I was hooked, and bought them all on DVD!
4) My favourite Japanese character is Rilakkuma. He’s just too cute.
5) If I could live anywhere in Japan it would probably be Yokohama. It’s a beautiful port city, and I think it would be a very convenient place to live. It’s very close to Tokyo, and very well-connected to other major cities. Yokohama seems similar to Tokyo, but with a bit less hustle and bustle, and a bit more water.
6) I wish I had studied Japanese at university. It never occurred to me at the time, but now I’m kicking myself. Japanese courses usually have a year in Japan, too, and that would have been an amazing opportunity.
7) My ideal career would be as a writer and journalist – writing about Japanese culture and travel, of course.
And now to pass the “Very Inspiring Blogger Award” on to 7 more bloggers. It was hard to choose just 7, but here they are (in no particular order):
In Search of the Rising Sun
Sam’s writing is brilliantly funny, and I’ve so enjoyed reading about his adventures on a scholarship in Japan.
Aussie on the Izu
Reading about Sarah’s time in Izu, Shizuoka, as a JET would be inspiration for anyone thinking about living in Japan.
The place to go for news and reviews about Japanese culture, especially for the UK scene.
Super Happy Awesome Fun Time with Sean and Alice
From Kit Kats to kawaii, and “unusual” uses of the English language, I’m always Super Happy when I read this blog.
Surviving in Japan (without much Japanese)
Essential tips and advice for anyone living in Japan, from the wonderful Ashley.
Atsuko & Joe
This bilingual blog is not just about Japan, but also about art and travel. And the photos are always gorgeous!
Ogijima just makes me want to travel around Japan to al of the off-the-beaten-path places.
(I’d also like to add that I know for some people these chain-award things can be a pain if you’re busy, so if I’ve nominated you, don’t feel that you have to pass it on to 7 more bloggers, unless you want to.)