Yesterday morning we were surprised to get a knock on the door. It turns out the Japanese Embassy had been super efficient in processing our documents and we eagerly ripped open the bag.
Inside was this:
Needless to say we’re excited and a little nervous. After so many years I finally get to spend more than just a two week holiday in my favourite country, enveloping myself in culture and learning the language; but at the same time there is so much to prepare and so many “What ifs..?” But now is not the time for what ifs, now is the time to grab an opportunity and believe everything will work out if we put all the pieces in place.
As you can see in the picture the visa was issued on May 1st and we have until May 1st next year to activate it.
So what next? First of all we have to put up a fence with our neighbours, so not very exciting, but once that’s done we’ll be on with making plans to rent our house and at the same time I’ll be getting a jump on writing to people over there and trying to arrange some freelance work. I’ll also be making a dream list of all the bands I want to shoot (photograph, I’m not some crazed maniac) and I’ll likely write about my love of live music in the future.
I hope you’ll stick with us through the journey and if you’re thinking of a trip yourself, I hope my future ramblings will help answer some questions.