The Girl in Translation

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New Blog: The Girl in Translation

Often when I explain that, come March, I will be leaving the nest and flying to live thousands of miles away in a country I have only had the pleasure to visit once, many are often awed and even inspired. I find this surprising, for many reasons. I believe (wholeheartedly) in deciding what you want to do with your life, and doing it. Simple. You can have anything you want, so long as you work hard enough for it. It has been a dream of mine for years and years to live in Japan. I worked hard to make that dream a reality and I am about to embark on the adventure of a lifetime. It occurred to me that someone might actually be interested in reading this tale. So, here it is, the story of that journey

About this Japan blogger

My name is Jess Damerst. I am a girl, very much like another girl you may have come across in the past. I enjoy laughing, learning, reading, running, dreaming, living and believing. I have blue eyes, a splattering of freckles across my face and curly brown hair that is impossible to contain. I’m a girl of Greek and Scotch-Irish decent, who went to a public school and graduated with good grades to attend a local university. I studied art and business and I come from a modest background surrounded by the love of family and friends. However, I am not at all like that girl you may have met before. For I am a girl in love with the world and all it’s wonder. I am a girl who’s eyes are blue on most days, green on some and grey on the others. I am a girl who is both determined and enlightened. I am a girl who is afraid but brave, downtrodden but uplifted. Most importantly, I am a girl who wants to grow and learn in love and life.

I have  decided to take my dreams 6,000 miles away from home to see what I can make of them. This is the story of that journey.

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An Englishman in Japan

Addition to Japan Blog Directory

New Blog: An Englishman in Japan

“My blog allows me to combine some of the things I like doing best – writing, photography and travel. My daughter set it up for me as a way to share my experiences with friends and family at home, but my objectives keep growing. My blog is a personal view of the things that I see around me in Japan.”

About this Japan blogger

“I’m currently spending six months working in the head office of my company in Yokohama, having transferred here from Bristol in the UK. I’ve worked in Japan before, and lived and travelled in South East Asia for two years.”

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Loco in Yokohama

Addition to Japan Blog Directory

New Blog: Loco in Yokohama

“This is not your typical blog about the foreigner’s experience here. I go places where most blogs dare not go or can’t go cuz they simply don’t know the way.

I’m not big on geisha, flower arrangements, tea ceremonies, and penis festivals. I don’t spew over French maid cafes, kimono-clad women nor sailor outfit wearing teens. Anime ain’t my forte.  I use Nihongo (Japanese language) but it doesn’t get me off. Nor do I get off on calling Japanese people xenophobic and perpetual whale-hunting dolphin-slaughtering isolationists. This is not a forum for whining and spitting at Japanese. That ain’t my thing, either.

I don’t think Japanese culture (as it stands) is weird and wonderful. I don’t even think it’s that unique.

It is what it is, and I tell it like it is. The good and the bad (At least I try to.)

Loco in  Yokohama started back in late 2008, borne out of my desire to share the things I was seeing and experiencing, and the life I was leading. It was simply a reason to write. It’s come a long way (as have I) and the best is yet to come.”

About this Japan blogger“A reader. A writer. A model. A shopper. A lover.

“I’m a writer, a teacher and a helluva basketball player (at least I used to be), live from New York  (Brooklyn) and doing a bid in Japan- seven years running.”

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Temple Valley Times

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New Blog: Temple Valley Times

The Temple Valley Times is the online English language newspaper for Temple Valley, a neighborhood of Craneview ward, Yokohama, Japan.

About this Japan blogger

Just your average Temple Vallian.

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