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Hi everyone!
For those who don’t know me, my name is Bryar. I’m a Kiwi (a New Zealander – not the bird or the fruit) born in Auckland on the second of the second 1997. From March ’13 to February ’14 when I was 16 years old, I spent a year living the life of a Japanese teen in central Tokyo, Japan.

I originally started this blog in order to keep my friends and family in New Zealand up-to-date with my life and adventures while on my student exchange. Within you’ll find posts from the months leading up to my exchange, stories and tales from my roller coaster of a year, and some reflections once I returned to Kiwi-land. Alas, this blog was then abandoned for a couple of years post-Japan as I settled back into NZ life and focused on finishing high school.

But now, the revival has begun.
(How dramatic was that.)

A bit about me as of January 2016…
I’m a tiny (enormous) bit of a geek in some (lots of) ways. My habits and hobbies include reading, writing, gaming and 3D modelling. I am still shamelessly just as much of an otaku as I was before my exchange, and enjoy reading manga and watching Japanese dramas in my spare time. Obviously I’m also a teenager, so I love eating, sleeping in late, taking long showers and hanging out with my friends! I also listen to a range of music from Kpop to Chillstep and most things in-between. Feel free to engage me in a rave about any of my, or your, favourite things, or if you’re just curious to know more then flick me a message! I don’t bite, much :)

As for the blog I’ll be doing my best to keep it updated with all the wondrous adventures in my oh-so-interesting life, so please keep an eye out for updates! If you’d like to be notified about new posts then the “Click to Follow ” button will put you on the mailing list.
Please take care of me from now on as well! ^^

33 thoughts on “Home (ホーム)

  1. Hopefully :P supposedly after being here a year Ill be near fluent, but Ive only had around 5 months of studying before I came here so we’ll see, Ill do my best anyway xD Regards school its all in Japanese except my english classes, and most of the girls cant speak much English. Ill talk about it more in the post Im about to write ^^
    haha really? I hope you get a chance to go, I hear that people think its a really ‘natural’ kind of country, but I suppose I dont notice because thats what Im used to..and I actually havent seen the lord of the rings movies or flight of the conchords..shame on me xD but I did see the hobbit and I didnt really think it was that great >_<
    by the way will you be writing a blog about your time in Japan?

    • Aww that’s ok, there are so many American things I don’t see or like. Yes, it’s already started,if you click on my blog you should find it :D
      Yay, I can’t wait to read your post…I’ve always wondered about that.

  2. Hi Bryar, I am an editor an article of a postdoc student at Yamagata and I like your pic of Yamadera. Would you allow us to publish it in a magazine? I would send you a copy of course.

    • Hi Robert, very sorry for the late reply – as you can probably tell my blog has been a bit abandoned for the last almost two years. That picture of Yamadera is actually a photo of the cover of a booklet I bought at Yamadera itself, so I’m not sure if I have the right to allow you to publish it, but if I do, then go right ahead :) you probably don’t need it anymore, but I thought I’d get back to you in any case. Thanks for getting in touch :)

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