Cheap Hotels in Japan

The year after my homestay, I came back to Japan with enough money to last me two weeks. I had nowhere to stay, hoping to just wing it until I got a job. I consider myself lucky that I found capsule hotels and youth hostels to stay at, though I was eventually kicked out of Higashiyama Youth Hostel in Nagoya for overstaying my welcome – I was living there, leaving […]

Arriving in Japan

After I graduated back in 1997, I boarded a JAL flight from London to Tokyo as I set out to experience a country which would later become my home. I was 21 years old and had no idea of what to expect, in fact I wasn’t even sure that the family I hoped to stay with for the summer even knew I was coming! These were the days before the internet and […]