Hey there, glad you found me.

Love Japan? Read on.

I’m Jessica. I’m into running, yoga, and reading prolifically. I also love all most things Japanese, and have dedicated the last five years of my life studying the language, culture and politics.

I have now finished my four year degree at the University of Leeds, UK, including a year living abroad in Kobe, studying at Konan University. From September 2013, I have been living in Japan, first in Kochi Prefecture, then in Tokyo. I now work at the British Embassy in Tokyo.

I am aiming to complete 101 things from a special list that I wrote back before I went to Japan for the first time, in the hope that I will have experienced a wide range of Japanese culture and made the most of my year abroad.

There is so much to do and so little time, but why don’t you join me and see how I get on? You can subscribe to my blog via RSS or email to get the latest updates, or you can follow 101 Things in Japan on twitter.

I predict another year of crazy shenanigans, amazing adventures, cultural smacks in the face and more.

Will I do it? Stay tuned to find out.

Shinjuku, Tokyo, Jan 2014


4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Luke
    Jan 22, 2013 @ 13:47:04

    Hey I’m going to Japan for a year and a bit in about 29 days! Thanks for this list…Its broadened my ideas of things to do! Also, what Camera have you been using? I need to find a decent one…


    • Jessica
      Jan 24, 2013 @ 14:43:15

      Hey Luke! Wow, good luck in Japan, I hope you have a wonderful time 🙂 I use a Panasonic Lumix GF1, I bought it from Japan actually! There’s now a GF2 and GF3 available, I love my camera, but you should check out some comparison/review website to see what’s new right now. Have fun in Japan!


  2. olcoyote15
    Jul 30, 2012 @ 08:59:48

    Hi there. I was looking at out your other, minimalist site and saw the link to this one. I just want to say that I feel you. I lived in Japan, mostly Osaka, for seven years to the day (I left last April) and it was a wonderful time in my life. I could have stayed forever, but felt it was time to go. I’m currently serving as a volunteer in Indonesia for the U.S. program called Peace Corps and while I was expecting to miss my family back home, I was a little taken aback by how much I missed 日本 too. Your photos and interest in my adopted home make me want to visit again that much more, so thank you(?) 🙂

    I hope this finds you well!



  3. Benny Sio
    Jan 27, 2012 @ 01:12:58

    Hello Jessica,

    I happened to randomly stumble across your blog and just wanted to comment that Ive actually done about 90% of these things. Still have a couple of months left in Japan so I’ll try to complete the rest. Good list! Kudos!


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