Today marks exactly one year from the day I moved to Tokyo. Looking back, I can honestly say I had no idea what I was getting myself into. It was my first time truly being away from my friends and family, my first time living anywhere other than Ann Arbor. It was one of the hardest choices I’ve ever had to make, turning down a pretty sweet deal out in California to follow my dream and take a shot at living in Japan.
Ultimately, I think it was the right choice to make at that point in my life.
I’d be lying if I said that there hasn’t been times where I’ve second guessed myself and wondered if I wouldn’t have been better off going to California instead. It hasn’t been all sunshine and rainbows and it often has hardly gone the way I imagined.
But I’ve been lucky enough to have an amazing group of friends around me who have helped me get through it. Almost everything that has gone well to this point has been thanks to them and, to be honest, I would be completely lost without their friendship and support. So this post is dedicated to them, for always being there for me. There aren't words to express how incredible these people are, so I'll leave it to pictures instead.