みんなさん、こんにちわ！ Back in 2013, I was lucky enough to have a holiday in Japan for more than a week. It had been a dream of mine since I was little. I had studied Japanese as a second language throughout my 12 years of formal schooling. As a result I always had a soft spot and a strong interest in Japanese culture. Being a huge Final Fantasy fan added fuel to the fire.
My interest in Japanese culture started when I was 7. It was through my Language Other Than English (LOTE) lessons that this interest was nurtured. I dreamed of seeing Tokyo Tower, having a day to myself in Akihabara (I love my video games!) and of course riding the Shinkansen. I often dreamed in my sleep doing these things. Even as I went through my phases growing up, those three childhood dreams I had still kept to myself. 18 years later, the opportunity arose. I had just returned from Brisbane after my first stint in Rockhampton on a teaching contract. Diligently putting excess money in to my savings account, I remembered my childhood dream – to see Japan. The timing seemed right. The Yen to the Australian Dollar was on par. I said to myself that this is the time to go. I was able to gain a teaching contract in Brisbane. After a few weeks, I had enough for 1 week and a few days in Tokyo plus spending money. This was it. I was getting excited! Finally, my childhood dream is about to be realised. All the emotions and memories of my childhood flowed back. Euphoria, curiosity – it was a feeling I couldn’t explain.
That’s off the list. I was able to see Tokyo Tower.
Another one off the list. I spent quality time in Akihabara.
The final childhood dream off the list. I was able to ride the Hikari Shinkansen from Tokyo to Kyoto.
There were many other things I was able to experience that I’ll expand on later so stay tuned! My interest of Japanese culture never stopped after the trip. I found even more things I want to see and do even after I arrived back in Australia! That would be for another trip in the future.