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Left to my thoughts

Left to my thoughts

Welcome to my blog.  I thought I’d give a little information about myself for those who don’t know me.  My name is Dru and I’ve been living in Japan since September, 2005.  I love living in Japan.  The first time I arrived in Tokyo, I couldn’t believe how crazy things were.  The lights, the people, and the smells were overwhelming.  I spent six months acclimatizing myself to life in Tokyo before becoming and English Instructor.

I am originally from Vancouver, Canada, and one of the first things I missed from Vancouver was the lush green mountains.  Tokyo is a very drab city, especially in the winter.  The trees loose their leaves, and the buildings look grayer.  However, after a full year, I have gotten used to life in Tokyo and getting out of the city is one of my favourite hobbies.  You can probably see this in the type of posts that I post on my blog.

As I said, I’m from Vancouver.  Vancouver is a beautiful city on the West Coast of Canada.  If you have never been there, it’s wonderful.  There isn’t much to do in terms of nightlife, but you can enjoy lots of sports and the mild winters.  Summer is the best time to visit if you don’t like cold weather or the snow.  July and August are the best months as they have little rain.  If you enjoy skiing or snowboarding, December to March is the best time as you can enjoy the various mountain slopes in the area.  Vancouver also has some of the best food from around the world. It is well known that Vancouver is the second home of Cantonese cooking.  You can also get Korean food, Afghan food, Greek food, and so on.  Whatever type of food you want, you can probably get it.  The only problem is getting quality Japanese food.  To get quality Japanese food, you’d have to pay an arm and a leg to get it.

Personally, I enjoy a lot of things in life. My main hobbies are motorcycles, auto racing, travelling, and my dog Chewie. I miss him a lot while I’m here in Tokyo.  If you wish to contact me, please feel free to leave a comment, or e-mail me at:  dru.japan AT hinomaple PERIOD com.

Note:  I will try to update this blog every week.



1. Daniel Shiels - May 12, 2009

I vivited Tokyo and your description of these bad places was exactly right, I had my own bad dum experience, I think I stayed in the so called worst place in tokyo…I have to ask my x girl the name of the place. I would like to speak more with you and share discussions about Japan

2. Citizenside - June 15, 2011

Hello there,

I’m a researcher for Citizenside (www.citizenside.com/en). We’re the world’s biggest eyewitness news community. We’re doing a feature right now for the 100 days since the March 11 quake.

We’re looking for people who would be interested in doing a brief phone or Skype interview about what it’s like and the state of mind of people in damaged areas.

Do people want to go back? How have communities reacted? Are people pulling together or do people live on their own despite what happened?…

We’ve been hearing some good stories as well as sad ones after the quake and we’d like to make sure to get those across to our readers.

I see that you don’t live in the region but maybe you know people (friends, colleagues…) who live or lived there and who could talk to us?

Best Regards,

Laura / Citizenside

drutang - June 20, 2011

Hi Laura,

Unfortunately, I don’t live in the region and cannot help you with this. Good luck in finding people to interview.


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