In an interconnected world, every voice matters. Every story has the potential to shift perceptions, no matter how subtly. My hope for my blog? To offer a window into a unique perspective— to show that there are Japanese individuals like me with these thoughts, feelings, and experiences.
Japan, like any country, benefits immensely from global curiosity. Even a small increase in tourists can have a significant economic impact. Beyond economics, there’s a deeper, more human connection at play. If my writings can inspire just one person to lend a helping hand to a Japanese individual overseas, or vice versa, then I believe I’ve achieved something truly special.
It’s heartening to hear anecdotes of change. When I traveled abroad, I was told by my family back home that they’d started assisting tourists visiting Japan. Several of my colleagues, after hearing my stories, visited Japan with their families. What’s more, they plan to return next year. Another colleague, inspired by their experiences, has also expressed intentions to visit next year.
I don’t claim to do anything extraordinary. But when someone expresses an interest in Japan, I make it a point to answer with care and detail. This is the change I wish to bring about—bridging gaps, fostering understanding, and cultivating relationships between Japan and the world.
Thank you for taking the time to read my piece.