Dec 12, 2017

Festive season homesickness

I have to say that I don’t really get homesick a great deal. I love living in Japan and the country has been good to me - I’ve been able to explore many prefectures and enjoy cultural experiences that many people can only dream of.

However, with the snow bucketing down outside, the increased cold ever-encroaching, and Christmas just around the corner, I’m finding myself missing the land down under.

Festive season homesickness photo

Sure, Japan has their own quirky takes on Christmas - KFC, strawberry cakes, even lucky waving cats wearing Santa Claus outfits (good job, local supermarket) - but I can’t help but find myself missing warm, sunshine filled Decembers, with the smell of barbecues and people mowing their lawns in the air. I miss a country that has daylight savings, so that it’s light outside until almost 9pm. I miss outdoor Christmas parties with pavlovas and cold beers.

Instead, right now my surroundings are more like this.

Festive season homesickness photo

I’m trying to get excited for my first white Christmas - it’s what I would have dreamed of as a kid (it was all those years I religiously watched Home Alone, I’m sure) but would it hurt to give me some sunny skies for a bit?!



After spending the last several years in the beating heart of Tokyo, I will be spending the next three in the countryside of Japan. I adore this country and all it has to offer - and I'm always learning more and more about life here as I go along!


  • JTsuzuki

    on Dec 15

    I know the feeling! In my hometown, it's sunny and bright, around 30 degrees Celsius this week. Here, we've had snow several times this week and I find solace snuggled under my electric blanket. Just remember it's temporary.

  • genkidesu

    on Dec 15

    @JTsuzuki I’m definitely trying to embrace all the things the cold season has to offer! It was sunny today and i got out for a long walk...it was such a nice recharge of the batteries and it reminded me the snow is actually beautiful and not something to dislike!