“Hey, even if you surround yourself with so many books about Japan, it will never reach the actual happiness when you experience Japan yourself,” my team leader told me. An enticing invitation to visit Japan to experience the country itself. A country that until today, exists only in my imagination.
I have been self-studying the Japanese language for a decade or so—I can read a novel in the original Nihongo and absorb more or less its plot. My pronunciation had actually been praised by a Japanese journalist. It was too good, he said. I can also explain some language-related stuff but never once in my entire “Japanese experience” have I set my foot on the country.
Type of Manuscript: Travel Narrative Volume, Issue, Year: Volume 58, Issue 1, Year 2022 Pages: 178–182 URL: https://asj.upd.edu.ph/index.php/archive/20-58-1-2022/184-unexpected-journey-japan-personal-log