【キースのブログ】Comparing life in Perth to Fukuoka. Part 1、オーストラリアのパースと福岡の比較

こんにちは😊

今日はキースのブログです。

日本に来て4ヶ月半のキースが地元のパースと福岡との違いについて書いてくれました。

オーストラリアは旅行先としても移住先としても人気の国ですが、

そんなオーストラリア人から見ても、やっぱり福岡はいい都市みたいですね。

平易な英語で書かれていますし、短いですので、初心者の方も是非読んでくださいね。

 

After living in Japan for 4 and a half months now, I’ve had a lot of time to think about how life in Perth, Australia compares to Fukuoka.

The most noticeable difference is how active life in Japan is. Walking and riding bicycles are so common in Japan, yet so uncommon in Australia.
In Australia, bicycles are rarely used for transport. They are only used for fitness. Whereas, in Fukuoka, it seems that almost everybody uses a bicycle as a main form of transport.
I think this is great! It leads to a much healthier lifestyle if you are exercising every day during your trip to work or school.

 

The next big thing is the difference in price.
Australia is a very expensive country. One of the most expensive in the world!

We have a much higher income (the minimum wage is around 2000円 per hour), but the prices of rent, utilities and food are far higher than Japan.

An meal for 2 at a mid-range restaurant in Australia might cost around 8000円, a pint of beer at the pub will cost 1000円, and renting an apartment in the city will probably cost at least 140,000円 per month!

However, one thing that is far more expensive in Japan is fruit. Most fruits are 150%+ more expensive in Japan than they are in Perth. Very frustrating as someone who loves fruit!

Don’t let this make you think Australia is not a good country to visit. It really is! Australia is a beautiful country.

The beaches are amazing. They have bright white sand, clear blue water, and some of the most beautiful sunsets you will ever see. If you like the beach, then you should definitely make Australia your next destination.

Australian life is very different to Japan, in good and bad ways. But, if you ever get the chance to visit Australia, you will not regret it!

Hottest Island in Western Australia ↓

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Coogee Beach in Perth ↓

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【キースのブログ】An Aussie’s first 3 months in Japan オージーの日本体験記、福岡での最初の3ヶ月

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今日はキースのブログです。

日本、福岡に来てまだ3ヶ月のキースが見た福岡についてです。

平日は日本語を勉強しながら、休みの日は色々な場所を探索しているようで、

すっかり福岡のことが好きになったそうです。嬉しいですね😊

福岡出身でない人に福岡の良さや、いい場所を再認識させてもらえます。

初心者向けに書いていますし、皆さんお馴染みの場所が出てきますので

肩の力を抜いてお読みください!

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 ↓

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Japanese Garden at Ohori Park ↓

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