I have been dreaming about visiting Japan for some time now! I actually saved enough Frequent Flyer miles for my husband and I to go there on our first post-honeymoon trip. Can you see where this is going? Life, or more exactly, parenthood got in the way. I’m still determined to visit Japan one day. Until I manage to make it there myself, I’ve been discovering the country one postcard at a time. For the moment, this blog is a latent idea that I’ve had floating around in my head for some time.
I “discovered” Japan a lot later than most of my friends–I suppose you can translate that by saying that I’m not a fan of manga. (Or perhaps I just haven’t read the right one yet 😉 As an aside, did you know that France is one of the largest markets for manga outside of Japan?). I played on our Nintendo, and then later our Playstation, without thinking about where they came from…I obsessed over Pikachu and growing my Pokemon but my thought process went no father. I will even admit to loving Hello Kitty! (I still have a soft spot for her and now it’s my girls turn to be obsessed!) I think my interest in Japan came out of the desire to try something new and different–to open my horizons to Asia after years of focusing on American and European history! I admit that there is a certain irony in my having chosen an insular country but Japan just seemed to point itself in my direction!
For this, my first post, I’d like to leave you with a Japanese map card I received via Postcrossing (more on that later) and the stamps that were on it.