Welcome back to my daily blog! Today I am going to blog about my story of moving to Canada from Tokyo. I have been getting lots questions so I'm going to answer here. :)
Where am I from?
Some of you may already know, I am full Japanese who came to Canada almost 10 years ago from Tokyo Japan. I grew up on the country side of Tokyo.
I used to watch foreign movies every Sunday with my dad. As I am growing older I started to think "One day I want to understand English watching movies without subtitle." to "I want to experience the life over seas! ".
At age 13, I joined "Penpal" which you can find a teenage students overseas who are interested in to Japanese cultures and wrote a letter to each other. I made a few penpal friends in Australia and Newzealand, it was something I felt so excited about. Sometime we exchanged stickers and I was always happy to see all those cute foreign stickers!! I wasn't very good at reading and writing at the time yet I spent lots time to understand their up to date stories and exchanging our cute stickers and stamps etc.
Convince parents to travel alone.
After graduating high school in Tokyo, I got a job at JA bank. ( Japan Agricultural Cooperatives ). My parents were very happy that I got this most stable job in Japan at the time and my friends were overwhelmed. At JA bank, I became a bank teller, handled tax business, and unexpectedly I was an insurance solicitor as well. I had to think how I can convice my parents to let me travel alone...
I worked hard and saved up around $25,000 in few years, shared my plan, lots of back up reserch on the benefits of travelling and working abroad, and shared exampled of other family friend's children who have traveled on their own, and most importantly, didn't give up on my dream.
On the day I said "See you again!" to my family at Narita airport, I saw my dad was tearing up.
Living in a different county is a pretty big thing. Many people have told me they feel more afraid to try new things or making big changes in life but somehow I wasn't like that. It actually brings me into life.
Life in Canada
I have started my Canada life at home stay. They took me to many places, served me a delicious chinese food everyday. It was my very first time living in someone elses house, but yet I felt very cosy.
My first job ever in Canada was "Tim Hortons". The Canada's well known coffee & donuts shop. Don't ask me why I gained 8lbs working there within half year. haha! Their coffee and donuts are pretty good! Working at cafe is something I wanted to try at least once in life and I did it!