I’ll never forget the first time I stepped foot in Japan. I was so excited to finally be here. I had been planning this for 2 years.
I got off the airplane with a huge smile on my face. That smile vanished when I left the airport and realised that I couldn’t read anything! I didn’t know any Hiragana, Katakana, or Kanji!
I guess you could call that my first experience of culture shock.
The first week in Japan was tough. I left all my friends back in Australia, I had no idea where to go, and my Japanese speaking skills were very limited.
But, I knew that this would not be easy!
It’s been 3 months now, and I’m happy to say that I love life in Fukuoka. The people are friendly, the food is delicious, and the city is beautiful!
I love nature, so Fukuoka is the perfect city for me. I’ve been visiting all the parks nearby, such as Ohori Park, West Park ( 西公園) and East Park (東公園). Maizuru Park is next on my list.
Ohori Park is absolutely amazing (Even better that Global Cafe is right next to it!), there was nothing like it back in Perth.
Maybe I will see some of you at Ohori Park during the festival on the 1st of August!
I recently went to West Park with some friends. I didn’t realise how huge it is!
We were walking for about 2 and a half hours and didn’t even see all of it!
The highlight was when a cat crossed the road just to sit next to me for 10 minutes.
My other two passions are beer and sports. I haven’t been able to play much sport in Japan yet, but I have definitely been able to, er, experience a lot of beer.
One thing I missed from Perth was the massive selection of craft beer. I prefer it to beer such as Asahi or Kirin.
But, to my surprise, I was able to find an excellent craft beer restaurant in Hakata called Goodbeer Faucets!
So, I went there for my birthday in May, and had some of the best beer I have ever had!
Expensive (between 800 and 1400 yen for a glass!), but definitely worth it. Whenever I have spare money, I always love to go there, just to have a glass of beer.
I look forward to exploring the rest of Fukuoka and finding more restaurants and bars like it. My wallet isn’t looking forward to it though…
So, in short, my first 3 months in Fukuoka have been extremely enjoyable, and I am looking forward to what the future will bring.
I will have lots of exciting stories to tell after summer break, so stay tuned!
East Park ↓
Japanese Garden at Ohori Park ↓