Hi! Nice to meet you! My name is Amélie-Marie. I’m a French expat’ living in Tokyo since 2013. As long as I can remember, I enjoyed learning about different cultures and travelling. At the age of 15 I was adamant about living abroad. One of my dream was to travel to Antartica. Still in my bucklist but now I have so many more things to experience!
Here, I write about my life in Japan, my experiences and travels. So a section about my time in Russia and Uzbekistan is also included. I write primarily in French and it takes a little bit of time to translate into English… Recently, I added a Japanese section, however, I don’t translate into Japanese, but write directly original articles.
Living in Tokyo, I am interested in Japan’s culture and society, the good and the bad, the grey areas, the unsaid, what is often left out from guidebooks. That’s why through this blog, I want to share a piece of that Japan that I love so much.
I am passionate about many current issues in Japan, whether economic (neo-capitalism …), policies (including diplomacy between Japan / USA, Japan / Russia, Japan / China and Japan / Okinawa …), cultural (art and design), legal (labor law …) and sociological (sexism, racism in Japan …).
I believe that, in order to discover fully a country, you have to go beyond the first reaction (surprise, shock) of the traveler. Travel broadens the mind, they say. I return to France, each time with a newfound humility. There is no good or bad cultures, it is making the effort to modesty and understanding that gives us little by little the keys to a people, and ultimately, our people.