“This is Japan” is a weekly blog post where I talk a little about my life here.

It’s a place where I can share some of the strange, funny, or thought-provoking stories from my week. You can learn a little about what it is like to live in Japan and some of the weird and wonderful things here.

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This week, I don’t have a single topic to write about, but a few little things I want to mention.

1. First of all, I want to take a moment to say “thank you” to Rachel over at Hippie in Heels for giving me the idea to do this mini series.

She runs a successful and inspiring travel blog, which you should really check out. It includes lots of travel tips and ways to make travel glamorous not only in retrospect.

She also has a “This is India” series, since she is currently living in Goa, India. I though this was a good idea that I could do about Japan too. Thank you, Rachel.

2. Next I want to say that I have not been super active on the WordPress Reader for the last couple weeks, though I’ve been trying to post regularly. I was busy going to Okinawa, coming back to Nagoya, preparing for my graduation, and then graduating!!

That’s right! I have successfully completed my Master of Arts in International Development!! I must say, I am quite proud of myself. This is quite the accomplishment.

Next step: PhD.

Read: Renting a Japanese graduation hakama

3. Also, I am thinking about moving to a self-hosted blog. I have been thinking about it for a couple months now, but it is a bit scary. I’ve been reading a lot and trying to educate myself on everything that is entailed in the switch.

I don’t want to lose all my followers though. So if I move, I hope you will follow me over to my new site and continue to leave thoughtful comments on my posts. Pretty please.

However, I want a bit more control than the free WordPress offers, and I think the best/only way to do that is to go self-hosted. It does cost a bit of money though…

4. Finally, I want to remind you about my photo in the photo contest over at Indy Guide! Its a photo that I took while I was in Mongolia.

Click over to the photo contest and vote on my photo! It seems that the photo contest has started over because it’s a new month, so go right ahead and VOTE AGAIN!!

This is the photo:

little boy and get in mongolia


Jennifer has lived in Japan for a total of seven years. She has travelled, taught English, studied Japanese, completed a Master's Degree, and travelled some more. She currently calls Nagoya her home, where she lives with her Japanese husband.


  1. Thank you Jen. I did check out her blog. It is a good idea to self-host your blog. This has given me something to chew on over the weekend. I shall follow you to your next address, so count me in.

    • I like the idea of having more control and really making it my own site. I’m not sure what for right now, but just because. Blogging has turned out to be more fun than I thought it would be. Thanks for following me 🙂 Perhaps you will also self-host in the future? If so, of course I shall follow you as well.

  2. Hey, just wanna let you know I have just cast my vote for your photo. 😉 As for self-hosting, do you mean having your own domain name? I have my own domain name from day one and is hosted on WordPress.com. It definitely cost more but I prefer to have my own domain name, more disk space and can post video.

  3. Duuuude!!! Congrats on getting your Masters! That’s such an amazing accomplishment! Wishing you the best in all of your future endeavours~

  4. Congratulations on graduating!

    I’d be interested in your thoughts on travel in Japan for someone who can’t cope with stairs. I know that castles and temples would be out – I tackled FAR too many stairs in those on my last visit – but I was thinking about trains, buses and metros.

    • Thank you! Many trains and subway stations have escalators and at least one elevator somewhere. I think buses do that thing where it drops down so it is easy to get on and off – and the driver will wait until you are sitting before driving away. I’ve seen quite a few (though not all) castles with elevators. On the inside at least. Larger sites that cover a big area often have outdoor stairs.

  5. Congrats on your Masters! I would be interested in learning about life I Japan, especially from the perspective of a non-Japanese person. As for web hosting, if you move to wordpress.org you are able to migrate your followers =)

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