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Why I Decided to Leave Japan After Falling in Love with the Country

Why I Decided to Leave Japan After Falling in Love with the Country

From the bustling streets of Tokyo to the serene temples of Kyoto, Japan captured my heart and soul. The culture, cuisine, and people left an indelible mark on me that I will never forget. But despite my deep love for this incredible country, I made the difficult decision to leave after several years living there. In this blog post, I’ll share with you why I chose to say goodbye to Japan and what led me down a new path in life. So grab a cup of green tea and join me as we explore the ups and downs of falling in love with a place so deeply that it becomes a part of who you are – even when it’s time to move on.

Introduction: Why I Decided to Leave Japan

I have always been fascinated by Japan and its culture. I remember being in elementary school and my teacher would show us pictures of her trips to Japan. She would tell us stories about the temples, the food, and the people. I was captivated by everything she said.

When I got older, I decided that I wanted to experience Japan for myself. I saved up money and finally took the plunge. I quit my job, sold all my belongings, and moved to Japan.

I thought I would be living in Japan forever. I loved everything about the country. The food, the people, the culture…I even loved the fact that it was so different from my home country of America. But after a few years of living in Japan, something started to change.

I started to feel like I didn’t belong. Like an outsider looking in. I couldn’t speak the language fluently, no matter how hard I tried. And while there are many foreigners who live in Japan successfully, I realized that it wasn’t for me.

So, after much soul-searching, I made the decision to leave Japan and move back to America. It wasn’t an easy decision, but it was one that I needed to make for myself.

My Experience of Living in Japan

I’ve been living in Japan for almost four years now, and in that time I’ve come to love the country and its people. But recently, I made the decision to leave Japan and move back to my home country.

There are a few reasons why I came to this decision, but the main one is that I want to be closer to my family and friends. I’ve been homesick for a while now, and despite how much I love Japan, I miss being close to the people I care about.

Another reason is that I’m not sure how long I can keep up this lifestyle. Living in Japan is expensive, and even though I’ve been able to save some money, I don’t know how much longer I can keep doing it. At some point, I need to start thinking about my future and what kind of life I want to have. And right now, Japan doesn’t seem like the best place for me to do that.

I know leaving Japan will be hard, but ultimately, I think it’s the right decision for me. Thanks for reading, and if you have any questions or comments, please feel free to leave them below!

What I Love About Japan

There are so many things that I love about Japan – the culture, the food, the people. It was really hard to leave Japan after falling in love with the country, but I decided that it was time to move on. Here are some of the things that I loved about Japan:

The Culture

Japan has a rich and fascinating culture. From the traditional arts and crafts to the modern pop culture, there is so much to explore. I loved learning about the history and traditions of Japan, and also enjoyed experiencing the more modern side of Japanese culture.

The Food

Japanese food is delicious! I could eat sushi and sashimi all day long. But there is so much more to Japanese cuisine than just sushi – there are endless delicious dishes to try. I will definitely miss the food in Japan.

The People

The people in Japan are incredibly friendly and welcoming. I always felt safe and comfortable in Japan, even when travelling alone. Everyone was always happy to help me out if I needed directions or advice, and I made some great friends during my time in Japan.

The Challenges of Living Abroad in Japan

As someone who has lived in Japan for over a decade, I can say from experience that there are both good and bad aspects to living here. Of course, like anywhere else in the world, it all depends on the individual and what they’re looking for in life. For me, I found the challenges of living abroad in Japan to be outweighing the positives after a while.

One of the biggest challenges is the language barrier. Even though I learned Japanese before moving here, it’s still been difficult to communicate with people on a daily basis. This can be frustrating at times, especially when trying to get things done or understand what someone is saying.

Another challenge is the cost of living. While Japan is an affordable country overall, certain items can be quite expensive. For example, rent and groceries tend to be costly, especially in larger cities. This can make it difficult to save money or live comfortably on a budget.

Finally, culture shock can also be a big challenge when living in Japan. From the way people dress and behave, to the food and customs, there are definitely some adjustments that need to be made. It can take some time to get used to everything but eventually most people do find their niche here.

What I Learned From My Experience

I learned a lot from my experience living in Japan. I gained a deeper understanding of the culture and the people. I also gained a new perspective on life. I was able to see things from a different point of view and I found myself enjoying the simple things in life more. I also learned that there is more to life than just working hard and that it is important to enjoy the moment.

How I’m Moving On After Leaving Japan

It’s been almost a year since I left Japan, and I still think about it every day. I loved living there and I miss it dearly, but I made the decision to leave for a number of reasons. Firstly, the cost of living was becoming increasingly difficult to manage on my salary. Secondly, I was starting to feel quite isolated living in Japan as a foreigner. And lastly, I realized that if I wanted to pursue my dream of working in fashion, I would need to be based in a city with more opportunities.

So how am I moving on after leaving Japan? Well, for starters, I’ve kept myself busy by thrown myself into work. But more importantly, I’ve tried to stay positive and keep in mind all of the wonderful things about Japan that I fell in love with in the first place. From the delicious food to the beautiful landscapes, there are so many things that make Japan an amazing country. And even though I’m no longer living there, those memories will stay with me forever.


After spending a year in Japan, I made the difficult decision to leave this wonderful country. My experience was eye-opening and inspiring and will stay with me forever. Although it may seem counterintuitive, my decision to leave Japan was ultimately driven by my love for the place; I wanted to make sure that my appreciation for its culture remained strong no matter how long I stayed there. With fond memories of the people, places, and experiences that shaped my time in Japan, I am now ready to embark on a new journey elsewhere.


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