The tickets are booked. The dates are set. This winter I’m spending three months in Japan.

This is something I’ve been meaning to do for a very long time – ever since I was little, in fact, when my godfather came back from a long spell there and I asked him what it was like. ‘It’s the closest you can get to visiting another planet,’ he replied, ‘without leaving this one.’ I’ve been fascinated by Japan and Japanese culture ever since. I mean, how could I not be? ;D

A big thank you to James N. for the guidebooks above, and for telling Laura and I to stop talking about it and make it happen. To anyone reading this with dreams and ambitions of your own, whatever they are, take the same advice.

Hee hee hee!