Why did I create Joyride Japan?

Click here for Japanese translation (ๆ—ฅๆœฌ่ชž)

‘Joyride Japan’ is a platform through which I wish to share my experiences of living and working in rural Japan. I live in a very small mountain town in the Kลchi prefecture on the island of Shikoku. My goal is to encourage others to come visit Shikoku and experience the unique culture and immense natural beauty it has to offer.

About me

I am a sake tasting machine, cycling enthusiast, nature lover, self-proclaimed culinary genius, arachnophobe.

My name is Ivan and I am one of those New Zealanders who has spent most of their adult life living and working in Australia. In my previous life I was a data analyst working in financial services.ย In mid to late 2016, a series of events led me to re-asses what it is that I wanted to get out of my life. I drew a line and from that point on a decision was made. My childhood dream of living in Japan was once again resurrected, the dream progressed into a series of plans, those plans evolved to action, actions which led me towards eventually applying for the JET Programme.

“My goals are simple – learn the language, create new bonds, experience and learn from an incredibly rich and fascinating culture”

The application process was rigorous and long drawn but finally in April 2017 I was informed that the efforts I had invested were not in vain. My application to work on the JET Programme was successful and so the dream was finally evolving into very happy reality.

Having left my old life behind, I am now fulfilling the hopes of a four-year old me. My goals are now simple – learn the language, create new bonds, have fun (kids, never forget this one), experience and learn from an incredibly rich and fascinating culture

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ใƒ–ใƒญใ‚ฐไฝœๆˆใ‚’ๆ€ใ„็ซ‹ใฃใŸ็†็”ฑ (Why did I create Joyride Japan?).

Joyride Japanโ€ฆโ€ฆใ•ใ—ใšใ‚ใ€Œ่‡ช่ปข่ปŠใ“ใ„ใงใ€ๆฅฝใ—ใ‚€ๆ—ฅๆœฌใ€ใจใ„ใฃใŸๆ„Ÿใ˜ใงใ—ใ‚‡ใ†ใ‹ใ€‚ใ“ใฎใ‚ตใ‚คใƒˆใŒๅƒ•ใซใจใฃใฆใฎใ€ใฒใจใคใฎ่ถณใŒใ‹ใ‚Šใจใชใ‚Šใพใ™ใ€‚้ƒฝไผšใ‹ใ‚‰้›ขใ‚ŒใŸๅ ดๆ‰€ใงๆšฎใ‚‰ใ—ใ€ไป•ไบ‹ใ‚’ใ™ใ‚‹ใจใ„ใ†ๅ€‹ไบบ็š„ใชไฝ“้จ“ใ‚’ใ€ใ“ใฎใƒ–ใƒญใ‚ฐใ‚’้€šใ˜ใฆใฟใชใ•ใ‚“ใซใŠ่ฉฑใ—ใงใใ‚Œใฐใ€ใจ่€ƒใˆใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚ๅƒ•ใฏไปŠใ€ๅ››ๅ›ฝใฏ้ซ˜็Ÿฅ็œŒใฎๅฑฑ้–“้ƒจใซใ‚ใ‚‹ใ€ใจใฆใ‚‚ๅฐใ•ใช็”บใซไฝใ‚“ใงใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚ใƒ–ใƒญใ‚ฐใง็›ฎๆŒ‡ใ™ใฎใฏใ€ใฟใชใ•ใ‚“ใซใ€Œๅ››ๅ›ฝใธ่กŒใฃใฆใฟใ‚ˆใ†ใ€ใจใพใšใฏๆ€ใฃใฆใ‚‚ใ‚‰ใ†ใ“ใจใ€‚ใใ—ใฆใ€ใ“ใฎๅœŸๅœฐใŒใ‚‚ใฃใฆใ„ใ‚‹็‰น่‰ฒใ‚ใ‚‹ๆ–‡ๅŒ–ใ‚„ใ€ๅบƒๅคงใช่‡ช็„ถใฎ็พŽใ—ใ•ใ‚’ไฝ“้จ“ใ—ใฆใ‚‚ใ‚‰ใ†ใ“ใจใงใ™ใ€‚

่‡ชๅทฑ็ดนไป‹ (About me)

ๆ—ฅๆœฌ้…’ใŒๅคงๅฅฝใใ€‚่‡ช่ปข่ปŠใ‚’ใ“ใใฎใ‚‚ๅคงๅฅฝใใ€‚่‡ช็„ถใ‚‚ๅคงๅฅฝใใ€‚๏ผˆ่‡ช็งฐ๏ผ‰ๆ–™็†ใฎๅคฉๆ‰ใ€‚ใงใ‚‚ใ‚ฏใƒขใ ใ‘ใฏๅ‹˜ๅผใช๏ผ

ๅƒ•ใฎๅๅ‰ใฏใ‚ขใ‚คใƒดใ‚กใƒณ(Ivan)ใจ่จ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚ใƒ‹ใƒฅใƒผใ‚ธใƒผใƒฉใƒณใƒ‰ไบบใงใ€ๅคงไบบใซใชใฃใฆใ‹ใ‚‰ๅคงๅŠใฎๆ™‚้–“ใ‚’ใ€ใ‚ชใƒผใ‚นใƒˆใƒฉใƒชใ‚ขใงๆšฎใ‚‰ใ—ใ€ไป•ไบ‹ใ‚’ใ—ใฆใใพใ—ใŸใ€‚ๅ‰่ทใฏ้‡‘่ž้–ขไฟ‚ใงใƒ‡ใƒผใ‚ฟใ‚ขใƒŠใƒชใ‚นใƒˆใ‚’ใ—ใฆใ„ใพใ—ใŸใ€‚2016ๅนดๅŠใฐใ‹ใ‚‰ๅพŒๅŠใซใ‹ใ‘ใฆใ€็งไบ‹ใŒใ„ใใคใ‹้‡ใชใฃใŸใฎใงใ™ใŒใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใŒไบบ็”Ÿใงใ‚„ใ‚ŠใŸใ‹ใฃใŸใ“ใจใฏไฝ•ใ ใฃใŸใฎใ‹ใ€ใ‚‚ใ†ไธ€ๅบฆ่ฆ‹ใคใ‚็›ดใ™ใใฃใ‹ใ‘ใจใชใ‚Šใพใ—ใŸใ€‚ใใ—ใฆใ€ใ“ใ‚ŒใŒใฒใจใคใฎๆฑบๆ–ญใซใคใชใŒใ‚Šใพใ™ใ€‚ใ€Œๆ—ฅๆœฌใง็”Ÿๆดปใ‚’ใ™ใ‚‹ใ€ใจใ„ใ†ใ€ๅนผใ‹ใฃใŸ้ ƒใฎๅคขใŒใ‚ˆใฟใŒใˆใ‚Šใ€ใใฎๅคขใŒ่จˆ็”ปใจใชใ‚Šใ€่จˆ็”ปใŒ่กŒๅ‹•ใซๅค‰ใ‚ใ‚Šโ€ฆโ€ฆ็ตๆžœ็š„ใซใ€JETใƒ—ใƒญใ‚ฐใƒฉใƒ ๏ผˆๅค–ๅ›ฝ่ชž้’ๅนดๆ‹›่‡ดไบ‹ๆฅญ๏ผ‰ใธใฎๅฟœๅ‹Ÿใจใ„ใ†้‹ใณใจใชใ‚Šใพใ—ใŸใ€‚

ๅƒ•ใฎ็›ฎๆจ™ใฏใ„ใŸใฃใฆใ‚ทใƒณใƒ—ใƒซใงใ™ใ€‚ใ“ใฎๅ›ฝใง่จ€่‘‰ใ‚’ๅญฆใถใ“ใจใ€‚ๆ–ฐใ—ใไบบ้–“้–ขไฟ‚ใ‚’็ฏ‰ใ„ใฆใ„ใใ“ใจใ€‚ใจใ‚“ใงใ‚‚ใชใ่ฑŠใ‹ใง้ญ…ๅŠ›็š„ใชๆ—ฅๆœฌใฎๆ–‡ๅŒ–ใ‚’ไฝ“้จ“ใ—ใ€ใใ“ใ‹ใ‚‰ไฝ•ใ‹ใ‚’ๅญฆใ‚“ใงใ„ใใ“ใจใ€‚

JETใƒ—ใƒญใ‚ฐใƒฉใƒ ใฎ้ธ่€ƒใฏๅŽณๆ ผใ€ใ‹ใค้•ทใฃใŸใ‚‰ใ—ใ„ใ‚‚ใฎใงใ‚ใ‚Šใพใ—ใŸใŒใ€2017ๅนด4ๆœˆใ€็ฉใฟ้‡ใญใŸๅŠชๅŠ›ใŒ็„ก้ง„ใซใฏใชใ‚‰ใชใ‹ใฃใŸใ“ใจใ‚’็Ÿฅใ‚‰ใ›ใ‚‹้€š็Ÿฅใ‚’ๅ—ใ‘ๅ–ใ‚Šใพใ—ใŸใ€‚ๆœ€็ต‚็š„ใซใ€ๅƒ•ใฎๅธŒๆœ›ใฏ่ชใ‚ใ‚‰ใ‚ŒใŸใฎใงใ™ใ€‚ๅญใฉใ‚‚ใฎ้ ƒใฎๅคขใŒใ€ใ†ใ‚Œใ—ใ„ใ“ใจใซ็พๅฎŸใฎใ‚‚ใฎใจใชใฃใŸ็žฌ้–“ใงใ—ใŸใ€‚

ใ“ใ‚Œใพใงใฎ็”Ÿใๆ–นใฏใ„ใฃใŸใ‚“็ฝฎใใ“ใจใซใ—ใพใ™ใ€‚ๅƒ•ใฏไปŠใ€่‡ชๅˆ†ใŒ4ๆญณใฎ้ ƒใซๆŠฑใ„ใฆใ„ใŸๆœŸๅพ…ใซใ€่ƒธใ‚’ใตใใ‚‰ใพใ›ใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚ๅคงไบ‹ใชใ“ใจใชใฎใงใ€ใ‚‚ใ†ไธ€ๅบฆๆ›ธใใพใ™ใญโ€ฆโ€ฆๅƒ•ใฎ็›ฎๆจ™ใฏใ„ใŸใฃใฆใ‚ทใƒณใƒ—ใƒซใงใ™ใ€‚ใ“ใฎๅ›ฝใง่จ€่‘‰ใ‚’ๅญฆใถใ“ใจใ€‚ๆ–ฐใ—ใไบบ้–“้–ขไฟ‚ใ‚’็ฏ‰ใ„ใฆใ„ใใ“ใจใ€‚ไฝ•ไบ‹ใ‚‚ๆฅฝใ—ใ‚€ใ“ใจ๏ผˆใใ“ใฎใŠ่‹ฅใ„ๆ–นใ€ใ“ใฎใ“ใจใฏ็ตถๅฏพ่ฆšใˆใŠใใ‚ˆใ†ใซ๏ผ๏ผ‰ใ€‚ใจใ‚“ใงใ‚‚ใชใ่ฑŠใ‹ใง้ญ…ๅŠ›็š„ใชๆ—ฅๆœฌใฎๆ–‡ๅŒ–ใ‚’ไฝ“้จ“ใ—ใ€ใใ“ใ‹ใ‚‰ไฝ•ใ‹ใ‚’ๅญฆใ‚“ใงใ„ใใ“ใจใ€‚