November and December were busy but relaxing months for my husband and me. I know this sounds like a contradiction but let me explain: we celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary with two weeks in the Caribbean staying at the Grand Palladium Lady Hamilton Resort and Spa in beautiful, balmy Jamaica, I read all five books in the new Vintage Japanese Classics series, and I submitted my first article to The Japan Times.
As you may already know, two of my great passions in life are reading and writing Japan-related fiction and non-fiction and I’ve always wanted to write for The Japan Times. When I lived in Tokyo, this English-language newspaper gave me access to breaking news in Japan and overseas. I could look up local and national information on cultural events and entertainment and get the latest on where to go and what to do.
When I first lived in Tokyo, I read The Japan Times every morning on the train when I was going to job interviews and later on when my life was more settled on my way to work. This newspaper was (and still is) full of interesting articles and essential information for gaijin (Westerners) like me, but at that time it offered so much more. Every Monday, there were several pages dedicated to employment opportunities and it was through The Japan Times I was able to find the perfect job as an English teacher and a lovely place to live in Setagaya ward in central Tokyo with free rent and no utility bills to pay! For this reason, The Japan Times will always hold a special place in my heart because it was this paper that was able to help me and give me security at a time when my Japanese language skills were limited and I didn’t have a lot of Japanese friends. Even today, you can find lots of job vacancies in a variety of fields if you do an online search at The Japan Times.
You can imagine how blessed I felt when The Japan Times gave me the opportunity to write a review of the new Vintage Japanese Classics series. Here’s a snippet of the review published in the print edition of The Japan Times on December 29, 2019. The full review is also available now to read online at The Japan Times.