There have been a long time since I wanted to go to Japan,
visit this country with my own eyes, be part of it, live with it. I have
been studying for a long time now about all and every aspect that
revolves around this fabulous country which entertains various passions
among my many friends. Some friends have lived there, some lives there,
some left their lives there, wishing to go back someday, and I'm also
like one of them. Since I visited Japan in August 2011 for a very short
period of time (2 weeks), I think I'm having the time of my life trying
to recover, realizing that, obviously, a "part of me" remained there and
I cannot ignore this anymore. I'm more and more dragged into loving
everything about this country even to the extent of defending
proactively some tendencies that emanes from it. The country of the
rising sun is gaining on me, but don't be afraid, everything goes
smoothly in this.
But what about my passion for this tiny
archipelago, located at the other end of the earth, and so different
from my "home" country you ask? Well, my "home" country doesn't feel
like home for a single second since, decision after decision, the
government of Canada has been slowly sinking into deep human-killing
capitalism, encouraging destruction of the environment in profit to
multi-national companies and interests of such money-making, profitable
lobbies into conglomerates. I'm not sure if this makes any sense at all,
but I don't feel great when I think about everything that Canada, where
I live, is about. I know the same thing is happening in other countries,
including Japan, but as far as I know, in Japan, it's not up to the same
Well, Japan always seems to teach to me that the way we do
things in Canada is wrong in some way. Even if Japan
itself has some drawbacks to live there and some negative points,
positive points surpass greatly the lacks in some domains. The paths the
Japan country evolves in are so much different from Canada, that it is
simply not comparable.
To be able to experience more of my love
of Japan, I returned to Tokyo, in august and september 2013 for another
2 weeks vacation. Heck I would have loved to spend way more time there,
if not my whole life, if only I could. Everybody that has looked into or
actually moved to Japan from a "western" country will tell you :
Immigrating to Japan is a real challenge... So, wonder why I'm still
living in Canada, dealing with all my cars and stuff? Sometimes you just can't get
over some things. But times are starting to change...
In 2014, I
made yet another trip to Japan which was very well prepared compared to
the 2013 one in which I just randomly went around Tokyo.
In 2014, I
visited Nikko, the Ghibli museum, and many other things that I greatly
enjoyed. When I look back at it, it was one of the best trips I've ever
2015 marked a turning point in my life when I decided it
was time for me to work the leads on to my life and go to Japan for one
year on a Working Holiday visa while I still could.
I blindly plunged
into the visa process and sold many things and cars and in September
2015, I swiftly embarked for what remains up to now the greatest thing
I've ever done in my life.
You can read my different accounts of
trips to Japan below and visit the picture galleries.
ISUNA'S 平成26 (2014) TRIP TO JAPAN
AUGUST 2014 : I was prepared. After a difficult 2013 year, I managed to
find places and tourist attractions that I didn't visit yet in Tokyo in
order to make a rough planning of what I wanted to do. I stayed again at
my very good friend's place near Kasai station in Edogawa, Tokyo so this
was a starting point for any of my journeys around.
Please note that
apart from Tokyo, I didn't visit much else except Nikko and Mishima /
: My 3rd trip to Japan!!! - Departure from Canada, trip to Izu Peninsula
for a BBQ with friends, the way back to Tokyo, dinner with a friend in
Asakusa, and visit of Kagurazaka and Akagi shrine.
: A one-day trip to Nikko on a rainy day, a stop at Tokyo's Sky Tree,
dinner/date with a girl in Shibuya, visit of a car parts shop in
iPhone pictures taken with the rental iPhone, not sorted by date or
anything.. Roughly : Mishima, Izu Peninsula trip, Kagurazaka, Central
Tokyo, Tokyo Tower, trip to Nikko, visit at Isuzu Sports, outdoor Tokyo
Edo Museum, Mt. Takao and back, a stop at Nakano, night out with friends
and random pictures all around Tokyo.
: The outdoor Tokyo Edo Museum!
: A little bit of trekking / walking into Mt. Takao (Takao-san), west of
Tokyo. Journey ending with a delicious ramen in Nakano.
Visit/date in Kamakura with Ayaka... Night out with Yukiro and Kifujin!
: The Ueno Zoo and park !
PART 8 : Ame-yoko in Ueno, Yanaka and
: Togoshi ginza, walk all the way to Osaki, Yamanote line to Shinbashi,
Shinbashi to Odaibakaihinkoen on the
Yurikamome Line, Odaiba, the rainbow bridge, Sega Joypolis...
10 11 12 (COMING
This is the year I chose to spend in Japan and try to
live my dream as much as possible. Even if I'm not very rich, I tried to
have fun as much as possible!
I started my journey in Tokyo for a few
days, staying at a Japanese friend's house in Oshiage district. Living
in the city, with my friends, it was awesome! I couldn't ask more! The
friends I've stayed at they are a couple, and personally, I think they
lead a very, very, ... very nice life : their own house in a quiet
neighborhood with their own space to work on plenty of projects as
artists, don't need a car, no kids, they each have their own job... I'm
I then went to Izu Peninsula, to Ito city this
time, where I started working as a helper for room and house cleaning in
a old but beautiful and awesome hostel. I worked there in exchange for
accomodation and pocket money of 8000 yen per month. Not much if you ask
me but this was a one-of-a-kind experience. Since I worked only 4 hours
per day, I had time to go to free Japanese lessons and also borrow a
bicycle and stroll everywhere around the city. I went litterally...
everywhere... the small streets climbing the mountains, abandoned roads,
coastal road. The name of the hostel is K's House Ito Onsen. I really
recommend staying at this hostel if you come to visit Japan and Shizuoka
prefecture, specifically Izu Peninsula.
In December I moved to Hakuba
in Nagano prefecture to work at a ski resort.
(MORE COMING SOON)
PICTURES ALBUMS (COMING SOON)
Since putting panoramic pictures on Facebook
actually sucks because you don't get to see a thing, I decided to upload
them to Flickr, as for most of the pictures from now on.
does a really good job in managing all the pictures, I'll post here, on
this website, only the BEST pictures I've taken. Click on the pictures
themselves to view them on Flickr.
September 2015 : Hachiko and his master reunited at
Univeristy of Tokyo, Faculty of Agriculture gate.
September 2015 :
Coastline of Marine Town, Ito-shi, Shizuoka prefecture.
September 2015 :
Panorama view on top of
Mount Omuro, Ito city, Shizuoka prefecture.
September 2015 : Coastline between Ito-shi and Kawana,
Shizuoka prefecture, view from Shiofuki park.