This is a repost, just a little reminder about the blessing's of friends and travel. I'm deeply grateful to Julie and Charlie for this wonderful insight to a Japan rarely seen by the casual traveller or tourist.
My friends Julie and Charlie Pierce bought a little holiday house in the suburbs of Osaka and spend Spring and Autumn there...They are learning the language have made connections in the community and are working their way through the many varied and complex layers of Japanese life.
So Why Japan ? Why did you guys buy a holiday house in Japan?
JP: "First off we enjoy being there. It started when my eldest daughter Alice was about 12 she used watch a show on TV and decided that she absolutely loved Japan and some years later we were going on a family holiday and we went on our first trip to Japan because Alice wanted to see it and I thought OK why not yeah and then we all fell in love with it.
Since then we’ve been back every year or year and half or a couple of years at the very least. I’m not sure why specifically I love it so much it’s a bit of a mystery, it’s not the easiest country it can be quiet confusing, culturally, but probably what interests me the most is the Japanese aesthetic and their investment in craft and art how seriously they take it, how long they study it. Their perfectionism that is probably the biggest draw card for me ... the Japanese aesthetic and art.
It’s also an easy country to travel in, the people are generally very polite and helpful its safe its clean, its an easy country to get to from Australia, its not expensive. It’s a great place if you want something different from somewhere -like the Gold Coast - it’s a great place to have a holiday house."
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