(Image: Cover of ‘Kodansha Bilingual Encyclopedia of Japan)

I am a wanderer at heart, but I am also Taurean through and through – which means I like to surround myself with beautiful things, and create a secure home.  This internal contradiction often pulls me in different directions, and right now has manifested itself as a very exciting decision… we are moving to Japan from next March for 8-9 months!

Last Summer we bought our lovely house, and have been so happy here, but in the past few months my man and I have started to get itchy feet.  I have long had a deep love of Japan, having lived in Kyoto for a year as a 19-year old student, and then in the snowy north, and in Tokyo for four more years in my twenties.  My man spent several years of his childhood in Hong Kong, but has never been to Japan, so we decided that now is as good a time as any! 

To me Japan is a magical place, a breathtakingly beautiful place, and a place where anything seems possible.  It has also been home to some of my craziest, funniest adventures, and most deeply thought-provoking experiences.  I have found myself dreaming of Kyoto quite often recently, and have long harboured a secret wish to spend several months just wandering – taking photos, writing, exploring, catching up with old friends, doing a class or two in indigo dyeing, papermaking or pottery perhaps…  And my man wants to learn the language which has captivated me.  So he is taking a sabbatical, and will study in the mornings, then spend the rest of the time exploring.  And as for me – I have no plan whatsoever!

I have a feeling this is going to be a very precious time, and I want to soak in every inch of it.  And I cannot wait to share it all with you!

PS. For this reason I have decided not to run a Do What You Love retreat in England next year.  The next one will be in 2013 – I hope you can wait that long!  (And maybe, just maybe, I’ll organise one in Japan, if anyone would be interested??)

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