Why NOT Japan?

So a question that I get often (from everyone), is why Japan? And to that I answer..why not Japan?

My interest and fascination with Japan is hard to describe. Also difficult is to say when it all started. It’s just one of those places that I have always been drawn to. I have a always enjoyed history, and Japan definitely has an interesting one.

My first exposure to Japanese history/culture was through a book that we were assigned to read in elementary school. Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes. The story of 12-year old Sadako, who 10 years after the bombing of Hiroshima in 1945, is dealing with the effects. Tragic as it was, the story of hope and resilience stayed with me, and made me want to learn more.

I have always imagined Japan as a country founded on traditional values of discipline, hardwork and respect. At the same time, I imagine that those values have also allowed it to remain innovative, coming up with the some of the world’s best technological and manufacturing advances.

As a International Business grad, I also think, that this has translated into Japan being the birthplace of some of the world’s biggest brands (Toyota, Honda, Nissan, Mitsubishi, Hitachi, Canon, Toshiba) and also having the third largest economy in the world (behind only the U.S and China). [1]

There is so much for me to learn about Japan: the people, the culture, the language and the food, all of which I think contribute to make Japan the country that it is. So again, to answer the question of Why Japan, I say, “Why not Japan?”

[1] Source: Forbes




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