One of my favorite blogs is Gakuranman‘s Blog. Why? I’m not sure, but very likely simply because he seems to have managed taking the step into a new surrounding (from the UK to Japan is quite a different world), find a good job (on the JET Programme in Japan) and has learned the language in about 9 years (he has passed the JLPT level 1 recently).
So, yes, I am jealous 😉
Just now I found an interview with Michael (a.k.a. Gakuranman), which learns us a lot about who he is and how / why he became what and where he is now. Wow, now I AM jealous. Do you know that feeling you get every now and then (well, I get it every now and then) like “Had I known that 20 years ago…”, “Had I had that courage 20 years ago…” or so? Hmm, I guess having regrets about things you haven’t got is the best way to get a nice depression. And we don’t want that! So: let’s (re)start learning Japanese, plan a couple new visits and who knows what happens! I still DO want to visit the 88 Temples of Shikoku on bike…(after all I am Dutch).
I’m disgressing again… Michael has a category about haikyo (廃虚), which means something like urban explorations in abandoned buildings. Yesterday I found his article about his return to the adanboned docter’s shack.
If the thought of visiting abandoned buildings, usually in the middle of a forest, doesn’t scare you enough, than maybe some of the pictures in this article give you the creeps.
My absolute favorit picture is this puppet below, but don’t forget to read about the footprint on the ceiling in Michael’s article! Brrr!