Hello, Zarbaraki here.

I came to Japan after graduating with a social science degree and an anxious sense of "what do I do with my life?". Somehow I'm still here and haven't yet figured it out.
The tone of this blog is "the voice in your head" in the key of "a whiny sarcastic British person". Unfortunately it's not a friendly guide to life in Japan, (which might actually have attracted some viewers). It was created with a single purpose: to record a very strange time in my life.

However, if this disappoints you and you were looking for some insight into life in Japan, or what being an Ibaraki JET might be like, my friend Robbie who served on the JET program for 5 years in Ibaraki (2012-2017) recorded an amazing 1SE video (1 second everyday).

I'm not embarrassed to admit that this video makes me well up with tears every time I watch it. I was there for so many of these memories, and it has somehow captured the tone of Ibaraki JET life so well. I'm so grateful for this, please enjoy:

I now live in a small house in Tokyo with my boyfriend. Our lives are full of dodgeball tournaments, science, izakaya nomihoudais, unusual weekend trips, and the continuing quest to discover all that is weird and wonderful about Japan.

I'm particularly passionate about music, and that's why I like to share music with each blog post. There's not one genre in particular that I listen to the most, and I'm always open to hearing something different.

Here's a playlist of what I'm currently listening to:

Expat in Japan


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  2. Hey Zarbaraki,

    My name is Alicia, and I want to start off by saying that your blog is great! It makes me nostalgic about the time when I lived in Japan.

    I also want to share with you a project that I'm sure will interest you. My friends Kevin and Steven have lived in Japan for years now and they've decided to start a printing company (47Regions) to put beautiful Japanese manhole covers on t-shirts. They hand-print them in Tokyo! Kickstarter is their first initiative, first launch of the project. So far, the campaign is doing amazingly well! We would love your support to help us reach our goal. We want to know if you're interested in sharing the project either on social media, on your blog, or even pledging yourself. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

    We have lots of pictures we can send you, and we also have a written article about manholes and the project in case you prefer sharing that instead of just the campaign. Please let me know if there's anything you can do to help!

    Here is the link:

    Thank you for your time, looking forward to hearing back from you soon.



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