Country of Origin: United Kingdom
I'm into football, going out, and watching boxing.


My story

Why I came to Japan and Life in Japan
Adam Flanagan

I always wanted to visit Japan ever since I was a young child because of my love for Anime and Video Games (especially Nintendo) but as I grew older my reasons changed. I did know about Shrines, Samurais, Ninjas and I have a really big love for Martial Arts and Combat Sports but the main reason I decided to move to Japan and not just visit was a change of life.

I grew tired of the same life living in England. I wanted a change in both my lifestyle and my career direction so I decided to move to Osaka where my friends from high school moved to 4 or 5 years ago. I didn’t really know what to expect from Osaka but my friends recommended it to me so I decided to take a chance and move here. I did plan to visit Japan but I had to cancel my flight and trip unfortunately because of the Earthquake and Tsunami in 2011.

I started working in OEC and I had a lot of friends here or people that knew who I was, people I have never met in my life. For the first two months I was getting used to a new culture and a new way of life, it was very interesting and I was so happy to meet so many friendly, amazing people.

Being a foreigner in Japan is something I expected to feel different as I have lived in Manchester all my life up until the point I moved to Japan. I moved here One year ago and I still feel very happy here.

The Japanese food in Manchester was soooo delicious and I used to look forward to going to a Japanese restaurant to eat Sushi, Sashimi, etc but having eaten the food in places like Hokkaido, Nagano, Kanazawa and of course food in Osaka like Takoyaki and Okonomiyaki, it is never going to be the same for me again! The food is AWESOME.

I haven’t been studying Japanese so much in Japan so understanding the culture would be a lot easier if I studied and spoke the language but even when I arrived in Japan speaking only English, many Japanese people tried to communicate with me and have a conversation, they were and still are very friendly to me.

I am happy to speak to both foreigners living in Japan and native Japanese people, both are very friendly and very easy to speak to. I never imagined it but Japan is a place I can imagine living in for a very long time. I couldn’t imagine it before I came.

Teaching English is very fun! It is very interesting to see how Japanese people communicate and great to see how nice they are. I take great pride in helping someone achieve their goals, studying a foreign language for their own reasons. Some people study for fun, some people study for their work, some people for travelling, etc etc…

But sitting with people studying English and being friendly towards them, teaching them and helping them speak in English, seeing how happy they are to learn, is personally for me a very rewarding and satisfying experience.

Hopefully I will be living here with my soon to be wife for a very, very long time, and I hope to become a Japanese speaker in the future!

My story(和訳)