Not everything in a foreign country is roses, rainbows and unicorns. Every country has things it can improve upon and also things it does better than another country. I like to keep it honest and keep it real. Some days are harder than others and some truths are uglier than we would like to believe.
I wrote a post where some people disagreed with what I had to say. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion and experiences shape the writer sharing their [mis]adventures. I’ve been blogging for two years and I realized as a blogger, people read blogs for the opinions and experiences of the people writing them.
People come to blogs for a variety of reasons and blogs are created for a multitude of purposes. I created mine to document my life while living on Okinawa, Japan.
As an expat keeping an expat blog, I write about my experiences and encounters as I interact with the world around me. You may not like what I have to say. In the end, I really don’t care if you like it or not. Your experiences give rise to your opinions and my experiences give rise to mine.
I don’t write to please everyone. I couldn’t possibly do that. If I write to please others, I wouldn’t be true to myself. I would contradict my own experiences and invalidate them at the expense of pleasing trolls and keyboard warriors.
If you take what I say as Wikipedia or fact, I cannot help you there. As a representative of the JET Program, I have been told it is my duty to prevent cultural misunderstandings. But you know what? Cultural misunderstandings happen regardless and I write about them because my friends and family back home find them interesting.
I try to take a light hearted view to many things and the best medicine for me when I run into a cultural brick wall is to laugh, Cross Fit, and then write or video about it.
Obviously, I really enjoy Japan otherwise I wouldn’t have stayed for as long as I have. I’ve been living on my lovely subtropical paradise for two years and like any place I’ve lived before, there are things I love and things I really can’t stand.
At the end of the day, this is my blog. I will write about what I think even if you don’t like it. I am Gina Bear in Japan, and I am one voice of many expats making a home in Nihon.