My first guest interview

A big thank you to Carmen at Wellington World Travels. She asked me to be part of her Expat Life Interview Series. The guest interview is all about my life and experiences as an expat in Japan. Head over to her blog to read the full interview.


We are happy to welcome Jennifer Stewart to our Expat Life Interview Series. She is from Canada doing a PhD in International Development in Japan. She is also married to a Japanese. Let’s read her expat life experience.

About you

Q: Where are you originally from?
A: I am from Canada. The west coast is the best coast.

Q: In which city and country are you living now? Did you move there alone or with a spouse/family?
A: I am living in Nagoya, Japan. I moved here in 2012. I was in Korea before that while my then-fiancé was in Japan at the time. We got married a couple weeks after I came to Japan.

Q: How long have you lived there and how long are you planning to stay?
A: I have been here for the last five years and will stay here for at least the next three years while I work on my PhD. After that, I don’t know what we will do.

Q: Why did you move and what do you do?
A: I had already been to Japan for one year when I was 19. I was young though and needed to come home to finish school. I knew that I wanted to travel and experience life abroad.

Teaching English seemed like the best way to do that at the time. I got my Teaching ESL certificate while I was finishing my degree.
After Korea,…


Read the rest of the guest interview here. Thank you, Carmen.


  1. Great interview–it was fun getting that extra insight into life in Japan. The work culture sounds crazy. I think I would really struggle with that as I like to get home to my family (and my couch 😉 ).

      • I’m glad I read it–really very interesting, especially seeing a real life perspective on the expat life. I daydream about living in another country, but that only ever includes all the great things I imagine about it. And yes–what would happen to our couches’ sense of worth if we never sat on them? Poor couches. 😆

  2. Lovely interview. The answers are interesting, Jen. I had to smile at the bit where you mention your favourite aspect of Japan. That has to be the best bit for me. But I also like it that you are candid enough to point out the cultural differences that irk you and the ones that get you. May I say, I can imagine you and you look lovely in those shots out there. That short hairdo is pretty!

    • Hey, thanks for checking it out. My favourite part of Japan can come with me anywhere 🙂 You noticed my different hair! I had long hair my whole life and chopped it all off on my 30th birthday. I love everything about it so much and haven’t missed having long hair for a second.

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