The above text in Japanese, for all you other gaijin is "Author
- Travis Heermann."
I've put together this page for anyone interested in Japan and
its culture. As an American Midwesterner transplanted into such
an alien culture, I felt like I adjusted well and embraced a lot
of fascinating differences, even the ones that were a pain in
At the time, I put together a series linear photo journals of
my experiences during that first month after I moved there. Rhyme
and reason are a bit scarce at times, because I was so overwhelmed
by everything. Anyone traveling or moving to Japan may find some
useful tidbits herein and what to look for and what to expect.
I'll be honest--now that I'm back in the States and have been
for a couple of years, there are still many days when I miss it
terribly. The land, the town, my students, the friends I left
behind... Part of me is still living in that piece-of-crap apartment
in Chikugo City.