Book: When The Cherry Blossoms Fall - My Life As An English Teacher In Japan by Kim Hotzoncategories: Book, Travel, Asian Culture, Biography, Adventure, Teaching English Overseas, Women's Stories, Memoirs, Japan
Kim Hotzonabout this book: Entering a foreign country without sponsorship nor money seems like a crazy thing to do but indeed I landed in Tokyo at 22 years of age with a plan to live and teach in Japan. What I didn't realize was that it would take months of living in hostels and surviving on raw carrots and rice in order to make it in this new life of mine. Unable to speak a word of Japanese, and understanding nothing about this distinct and ancient culture, I would endure many trials and challenges along the way. When my health worsened, and I lay in a remote hospital near Kyoto, I wondered what on earth I was doing here, and how I would make it out.
Over a period of two years, I eventually found my way, making new friendships, which was critical for my mental well-being. I became accustomed to the cities, language, culture and lifestyle, so very different from what I had known. As I became more adjusted to my new home, my health and finances improved and despite some on-going cultural obstacles I came to love living as a gaijin in Japan.
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