Waking Up

It’s been three years since I’ve updated this site.

The pandemic left me stateless and homeless for that time. It was hard. And the Japanese Government didn’t make that easy for me. So, without being on the ground and feeling betrayed by my adopted country, I couldn’t bring myself to write anything. Being homeless didn’t help either lol. 

Anyhoo, I’m back in the game. I just ask for encouragement. I’m not asking for money or for you to join Patreon or anything like that. I’m just asking for encouragement. If you enjoy my site and if it means something, just give a little comment down below to get me to snap out of it and get back to what I loved doing for so many years.

I’m just in a place where I want to know if what I’ve created in my little corner of the internet still matters.

I just want people to say they want more JapanThis, and that will motivate me.

33 thoughts on “Waking Up

  1. Glad you are back, I love japanthis . Sorry all that happened to you . I have been through similar things and can relate .

  2. I’m so glad you’re back, things are definitely righter with this crazy mixed-up world. And I am SO looking forward to what you write next.

  3. Your posts have been a source of pure nerdy joy for me for many years. Life is crazy and tragic, right now more than ever. But I hope you will come back to us with your stories. Sending you one long distance hug.

  4. I enjoy your site, more articles please!

    Thanks also for being such an excellent guide on my first visit to Japan ❤️

  5. I miss seeing these blog posts! They are both informative and irreverent – as history and etymology should be. Welcome back!

  6. More content please! I was wondering what happened to the blog and it never occurred to me that it could be related to the pandemic… please keep researching and writing, your posts are amusing and even, dare I say, inspirational to all of us isolated japanologists out there!

  7. You’re not alone in struggling with being shut out of the place we’ve all invested so much energy in (and make a living writing about)—I’ve missed your take on things and hope that together we can all recapture the affection for Japan and sense of discovery that made us come here in the first place. Glad to hear you’re getting back on your feet!

  8. Continue writing even when you are down. After several months or years it will give you an idea how you have coped through the hard times.

  9. I’ve always enjoyed and learned from your blog posts, and shared them widely, so of course I’d love for you to continue. I hope your life gets better soon.

  10. I enjoyed your posts, and miss them! All the best to you as you settle into whatever comes next, after these crazy pandemic years.

  11. I’m so sorry to hear about your struggles , this pandemic has been awful . Please keep writing, I enjoyed seeing Japan through your blog ! Strength to you !

  12. You’re back! I had been wondering what happened. I’m glad you’re ok, but wild that you were stateless…? I feel like there’s a story there. Glad you’re still kicking, and hope you have much many more pleasant journeys ahead!

  13. I’m so glad I revisited this site to see your new post. By all means, please give us more. There’s no more accessible place for digging into the etymology and history of Tokyo than here!

  14. I have kept coming back to the site regularly for years. Probably one of my favorites on the internet. Also, useful for travel planning. Please keep up the great work!

  15. I’ve subscribed to your RSS feed for years, so I was very pleased to see this pop up in my reader. Sorry you’ve been through a rough patch — I hope that’s all behind you now. I’m visiting Tokyo again in April so I expect I’ll be digging through your archives between now and then! Thanks for all your work.

  16. I want more JapanThis!
    I’m very sorry to hear about all your hardships, but would be very interested to hear more about the experience should you ever feel like writing about it.

  17. Hi! I’m quite late into the game but welcome back! This website was what inspired me to learn more about Tokyo, and I will fight tooth and nail with anyone who dare to say that Tokyo is only for shopping! Thanks always for the wonderful articles 🙂


  19. As I’ve noted before, I’ve never seen anything so detailed in English concerning my favorite topic – Edo history. You are seriously badass and I’m in awe of your work. Please keep it up!

  20. Do hope things are much better now and will get more so. Always enjoyed your site, especially when most missing Japan.

  21. I live in Tokyo and I frequently refresh your site to check for new updates. Please don’t give up, and did not realise another is going through tough times – if you need support, feel free to hit up your fans for some love 🙂

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