In our last post, we shared that one of the big decisions we made toward the end of 2017 was not to renew the contract of our apartment in Yokohama, and to make steps toward moving to our bigger home sometime this year (2018). It has always been Masashi’s dream to live in the countryside, in his hometown located in Hyogo prefecture. At first, I was hesitant about moving to the countryside (I wanted to eventually, but not necessarily with speed..), and thankfully Masashi never pressured me about the idea.
I grew up where the suburbs blended into the country in a small-town in California. Growing up in a small town was a good experience, but I also wanted to try living in the city. After graduating college, I moved.. first to San Diego, and then to Tokyo. It was a huge change in scenery and atmosphere to go from growing up in a town of less than 40,000 people to living in a city of over 9 million! I traded buses and a bicycle for trains, and my first share house in Asakusa (in Tokyo) was tiny compared to the roomy share house I lived in during college. Continue reading