Leeona, Japan Specialist
Needing an adventure after university, I decided to move to Japan. Although I didn’t know much about the country, I was excited by the idea of immersing myself in a culture completely different to my own. After a month enjoying the bright lights and madness of Tokyo and the temples and traditional geisha districts of Kyoto, I worked in Hokkaido for six months and was lucky enough to spend my free time skiing and relaxing in onsens. Although I had planned to stay in Hokkaido, I was drawn to the possibility of experiencing a completely different side of the country and decided to move to Okinawa where I lived on the tropical island of Ishigaki with its white beaches, impressive diving and superb regional food. Having experienced Japan’s diversity first hand, I can’t recommend it enough and look forward to sharing its treasures with you.
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Ishigaki Island is well known for its coral reefs and impressive diving but you can also snorkel off almost every beach on the island. Before coming to Japan, I had never imagined it was a place to spot wildlife but while snorkeling in the crystalline blue waters one day, I spotted a sea turtle approaching me. Seemingly unfazed by my excitement, the turtle swam alongside me for a while until it eventually returned to the depths of the ocean, leaving me to marvel at the curious and vivid beauty of marine life in a place where I never thought it would be possible.