Hello. It’s been a while.

With so much going on I’ve not been able to devote any time to blogging round here of late, although I am posting fairly regular audio diaries now in my podcast feed – you can listen to it without leaving the Mumble just by clicking on the play buttons in the right hand column, or subscribe to it in an RSS here, or in iTunes here.

Anyhow, I’ll be starting writing again soon. Currently, all my free time is taken up with editing the video we filmed at the Ritz. I didn’t quite appreciate just how long it would take. So far, about 4 full days plus multiple evenings. I’m learning a lot though. It’s in the final stages now.

So, Big Changes part one hey? Yep. Part two will follow when I can talk about it publicly.

Part one is, I handed in my notice today at the company I’ve worked at since returning to Japan in September 2008.

I can’t really say any more, other than I’ll be leaving on good terms. My last day will be sometime within the next few weeks.

As for my new job, I can’t talk about that yet either!

One thing that today has demonstrated however is it is so much a case of not what you know, but who you know, especially in a fairly close-knit community such as that that exists amongst parts of the non-Japanese population in Tokyo.

Another thing: my online activities have paid off. Without this website, without my podcasts, without my videos, I would not be in the position I’m now in. Whilst I may not have earned a penny from these sites directly, the indirect benefit I’ve felt over the past 6 months (that is, especially since I started podcasting) has been huge.

Anyway, I’ll talk in plain English next time. But I just wanted to share the fact that I’m excited to see these big changes come about.

3 Responses

  1. Hey mate,

    Pity I missed you in Tokyo this trip, always a bit strange once I’ve left Japan (still find it funny how quick ones location can change around the world).

    I’d love to live there someday, but also know enough about the place to realise how difficult it is to make it there or to get integrated. I guess that’s one of the reasons I’ve followed your blog and podcasts, amazing insights and very topical to those who travel there and get the feeling they wish to live there at some point. I guess the inspiration to sections of your work.

    I’ve got to give you credit, it’s seems you have done the yards and been doing what you love, and now if it’s leading to bigger and better things it’s a great story to see unfold. Since early 2008, when I bought my first Ipod, I’ve been a keen listener to Japan related podcasts including the Metpod. Your work is being recognised and it’s plain for the Japan podcast listeners out there your up there with the best.

    So good luck, look forward to the developments.


    1. Thank you Rob, really appreciate the feedback.

      It’s an interesting journey. Sometimes I feel that I’m not really getting anywhere, but then on reading extracts from the Daily Mumble a few years back I’m reminded that yes, things have moved on, in a positive way.