In September 2011, I put my job on hold, rented out my house, and moved my family to Japan for 12 months.
We styled our year away on the UK Channel 4 series “My Family’s Crazy Gap Year”. Families featured in this program generally sell all that they own, buy a 4WD, and drive from Johannesburg to Tripoli… Well, maybe not Tripoli anymore. Or they live for a week or two with a hitherto untouched tribe deep in the Amazon jungle, forever altering that people’s “untouched” status for the sake of cheap TV. Or they buy a yacht and sail around aimlessly wherever the wind will take them, braving storms and calling to port at unknown exotic lands.
Of my family of four, the other three Japanese nationals, so the move to Japan isn’t really that crazy. We have relatives here, and familiarity with the language and culture. It’s not that crazy. It’s just Moderately Absurd.
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