For the last couple months, I’ve been hinting that things are going to change. I still can’t talk about EVERYTHING, but Ryosuke and I have decided that we can finally make a public announcement.
1. Ryosuke quit his job
It was a good company, but a bad fit for him. This might not seem like a big deal, but in Japan, lifetime employment is still a thing (it’s becoming less common, to be fair). The key “job hunting” candidates are juniors/seniors in college – once you’ve graduated, the chance of landing a regular job falls off a cliff. Ryosuke quitting his job after “only” a year means that his chances of getting rehired anywhere are very low.
I also quit all the various/random jobs I had around Tokyo.
2. We moved!
We are no longer living in Tokyo. A couple months back, I saw a fatal accident beneath my window (we lived off a major road). A motorcycle ran into the back of a car turning into our building. It happened right underneath my window – I could see the man’s face. There was a lot of blood and I had nightmares for a while after that.
I’m a country girl. I’ve never lived in a big city before. I love Tokyo dearly… but living here really started to mess with my head. People are always going at 110% – working long hours and passing out on the subway home. I grew up reading books under trees and playing make-believe in fields of hay. Ryosuke’s also from the countryside.
Neither of us is into clubbing. We don’t go to chic cafes or diners (we like cooking). We like hiking, the smell of fresh dirt, and wide open spaces.
So we moved.
3. Don’t worry, we’re still in Japan
We had been playing with the idea of moving back to America since last November. If/when Ryosuke quit his job, there was nothing keeping us in Japan. I got a couple tentative job offers from companies in Texas/California (nothing serious)…
I was really struggling with what I wanted to do with my life.
Stay in Japan? Move to America?
You might have noticed a depressing turn my blog has taken in the last three months. This decision on “what to do” really messed with my emotional well-being. I was lost.
But then I started setting boundaries. I still read all my comments here (Thank you SOOO much!), but I don’t try to reply to everyone anymore. Ditto with Facebook/YouTube. I also stopped replying to personal messages (for a while, I was getting 5-10 a day via just email).
And my second book started selling really well. So Ryosuke and I decided we would stay in Japan. For now, at least.
We’ve moved out way, WAY far away from any major cities – where trains come like once an hour and people wear sweatpants to the supermarket. We will still come into Tokyo (it’s close to 5 hours to get to Tokyo) several times a year for the major events.
4. I’m changing my blog name to “Texan & Tokyo
I’m from Texas.
Ryosuke is from Tokyo.
This works, right?
[We haven’t had wi-fi at our new place for the last two weeks. So as soon as that gets set up, I will doing a blog revamp]
5. We’re translating my comics into Japanese and will try to find a publisher
If not, we will self-publish. The Japanese market is a bit different than the American… but we have plenty of ideas.
Ryosuke’s translating my comics into Japanese. We will start posting them on a Japanese site (that I will link to once it’s up and running). We will also self-publish a Japanese comic book in 3-4 months, depending on his work ethic. Hah.
I’m also going to be branching into writing more “practical” books.
6. Ryosuke and I will both work full-time at home, trying to make this whole “blogging” thing work
For now, all of our income is coming from book sales, my freelancing, and YouTube ads. We won’t know for a couple months whether or not this is going to work.
7. We’re fricken terrified and have no idea what we’re doing with our lives
Neither of us has any idea what we’re doing. This is a whole new world for us. There is a very, VERY large possibility we will crash and burn in a miserably damaging way.
But maybe it won’t.
I made a vow to myself last year to “not let fear get in the way of doing something I love.”
I’ve been repeating this mantra to myself over and over again for the last two months.
8. We’re going to re-group in a year and see what happens
Ryosuke and I have decided we’re going to give this a shot. If we fail, we fail knowing that we gave it our all – no regrets. We’ve marked the calendar and in one year, will decide whether or not to keep at it or throw in the towel.
All in all, one year is a small price to pay.