Wing it for all you’re worth

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A lot of changes have happened in my life over the past few months. I completed my final exams, graduated, worked in central London… and moved to Japan.

I’m here to start a new life. No, I don’t have a job waiting for me. No, I don’t have a clear-cut plan. No, I don’t know what will happen tomorrow.

But that’s the exciting part. If you’ve been reading for a while, you’ll know that I’ve always been up for a good adventure. My job in London was based in Whitehall, for central government. It was a great job and it paid well. I learned a lot, but it was too… safe. So instead of staying, I packed everything I owned into a suitcase and came to Japan.

Something irresistible pulled me back to this country. Maybe I left my heart behind when I lived here two years ago. Maybe it’s my intuition telling me that there is something important that I need to do. Whatever drew me back, I have a feeling I’ll find out the reason why soon.

tano river

From the bustling city, full of traffic and too many people, I am now living in a cosy countryside house with three tatami rooms. The view from my window is beautiful. Green mountains stand tall against the clear blue sky. Golden fields stretch far into the distance. The river by the house flows calmly towards the open sea.

Some might call my decision reckless, but I don’t care. After I find my bearings again, I might move to Tokyo or Osaka. And I can always go back to England if things don’t work out – not that I would give up that easily.

For now though, having peace to write, room to breathe and a reason to smile makes it all worth it.

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  • Daz

    You are an inspiration. Wishing you all the best.

  • Laurie Buchanan

    Peace, Space, Smiling — excellent ingredients that go into making life grand!

  • Merry

    Wow! You are very inspiring! If only my health wasn’t in the way, I’d be traveling and moving somewhere else too. 🙂 Do you have any plans of making a picture post of your new place? I’d love to see it. My favorite post of yours happens to be the bedroom post on the sidebar.


    • I’ll try to get something up soon Merry! Thanks for your comment, I wish you good health, perhaps someday soon you can do it!

  • Standa

    Hi Jessica,

    good to hear from you after such a long time. Starting a new life – you make it sound so simple and easy:-), you are great inspiration as always.

    Good luck to you!

    – Standa

  • Vezo


    I’ve never commented here but followed your blog for a while. You are very brave and I actually envy you now because I also have a severe longing for Japan… Because of that, I’d be interested in knowing which type of visa you got for Japan? Do you have a work permit? If so, was it easy to obtain?


    • Hi Vezo, good to hear that you have an interest in Japan! Currently, I am here on a tourist visa, which I can extend from just 3 to 6 months as a UK citizen. The last time I was here, I was on a student visa. Work visas aren’t necessarily difficult to obtain, your best bet is trying to find a job with a company that deals with a lot of foreigners, as they are more willing to sponsor work visas. The only downside is, unless you have a special skill like programming/design/etc. or work experience, you’re mostly limited to English teaching. I would have a surf around on 🙂

      • Vezo

        Hi Jessica, thanks for the reply and the insight! In case my next job doesn’t work out (based in Germany, starting Nov 1st), I’m gonna check out for sure. In the meantime, I will try to improve my Japanese skills which are still very basic despite my (touristic) travels to that country and my Japanese friends. Anyway, language teaching wouldn’t be the worst option, I guess… Do you think you might end up as an English teacher as well?

  • How exciting! Congratulations on this move and I can’t wait to hear what happens!

  • Elifer

    I wish you all the best in your new adventure. Please keep us posted.

  • minimalistcouple

    This is fantastic. Following your intuition is so important. I look forward to seeing how this decision unravels 🙂

  • Carolyn

    Hello Jessica,

    that is such amazing news! I landed a government job when I was 20 years old, and 4.5 years later, just this year, I quit to focus on going back to school and getting a degree in web design.

    Hearing that you just upped and moved is so awesome especially since you said you don’t have a job or anything there waiting for you. I constantly dream about doing that, and once I graduate, I might just do that. Part of the reason I want to do web design is so I can work and travel at the same time.

    Good luck with your new life in Japan! Keep us updated.


    • Hi Carolyn, nice to hear from you again. Wow, I really admire your courage to quit your job and go back to school. I think your choice of degree is perfect for your plans, once you have a portfolio under your belt, hopefully you should be able to work and travel almost anywhere! I wish you the best of luck 🙂

  • Josh

    Hey Jessica,

    Good to hear you went back to Japan! I wish you the best of luck! I may decided to do a Cross-Japan bicycle trip next year so I hope you write on your other blog. I would like to hear what are the things to do and see!

    Take care

    • Thanks Josh! Yes maybe I should get back to the other blog, it’s been a while hasn’t it! Thanks for reminding me, perhaps I can get new posts up soon 🙂

  • Hana

    Wow Jessica! This is so amazing! Hope to hear lots from you 🙂

    I truly think you’re doing it right. Wish you tons of luck!