My name is Jay Dee, and I’m a Canadian living in Japan.  I’ve been here since April 2005, and don’t see myself leaving anytime soon.  I’m married and we’re expecting our first child in early 2012.

This blog is here for anyone inside and outside of Japan to find out what it’s like to live in Japan, as well as to see many photos and information of interesting places in Japan.  I have three projects going on this blog.  First, I have Exploring Japan, which shows photos from all the places I’ve visited since June 2009.  Second, there’s Flashback, which shows photos from before June 2009.  And finally, my most ambitious project, Japan by Train.  I visit different train stations and take a photo tour of the neighbourhood, including any temples, shrines, major shopping areas, and tourist sites I can find.

I have several hobbies that show up on this blog, including hiking and photography.  I also enjoy hockey, reading, history, movies and nature.

47 responses to “About

  1. Hello my English-teacher!
    Im studying inGEOS every Thursday.

    Im plesure of studying English with you and Ai-chan.

    So I could get a lot of friends in U.K.
    I would like to study English more.

    Thank you for goodness.see you on Thursday.
    Kyoko Yoshikawa

  2. Greetings to my fellow Canadian. Thanks for commenting on my blog, I’ll start following your blog as well and I’ll add a link from my blog also.

    Based on your tag cloud, Yokohama is a popular topic. We have only been there once so far and plan to go back since it is the 150th anniversary of the port.

    Kamakura is a beautiful area, only a short distance away from the hustle and bustle (crowds) of Tokyo. We’ve been there a few times already as it is a popular tourist destination as you know.

    • Hi, thanks for the comment and the link. Yokohama is a common tag, since I work there. But Tokyo will have a lot more coming soon. I’ll have a lot of photos from the past 4 years, and most are from Tokyo, I believe.

      I’ll be watching your blog, too. I have a lot to look through.

  3. Sharon

    Keep up the good work. I look forward to seeing more.

  4. m.m

    Hi! Jay Dee
    I am so shocked by news about Geos.
    and worry about you.
    Are you OK?
    I will be school on Friday. See you.

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  6. Heather Jenkins

    Hi Jay Dee,
    The pictures of the cherry blossoms are lovely. Are they fragrant? Our trees, some other shrubs and perennials as well. (Hellebore, Heather)
    I can tell that you are still enjoying Japan, good for you! Please keep taking the pictures since we really enjoy them.
    Auntie Heather

  7. Hi Jaydee, I was doing a bit a blog stalking and I noticed the references to GEOS. I was working there until it collapsed last year here in Shikoku. Random connection.

  8. Hey Jay Dee! I was wondering if you’d be interested in taking part of my Japan Bloggers series at my blog. http://www.kaleyinjapan.com/2011/07/what-japan-bloggers-have-to-say-about_14.html

    If you’re interested, just send me an email over at kaleyjapan@gmail.com and I’d love to include you! Just a paragraph or so with a picture if you’d like. Thanks!

  9. Oh wow. This looks great. I’m gonna follow along based on my love for Japan and photography. Really interesting, I anticipate some really neat things here. :]

    • Thanks! I hope you enjoy what you see. Plenty more photos to come in the future. Unfortunately, due to a corrupt Windows system file on my old computer, all of my old photos are unavailable until I can recover them. But in the meantime, enjoy my newer stuff 🙂

  10. Hey your blog is really amazing. I had a nice time reading it. Brought back memories when i was visiting Japan. I will be shifting to Yokohama (Job) in December so looking forward to it.

    • Thanks for the comment! How long are you staying in Yokohama? I hope you’ll enjoy living in Japan again.

      • Amod

        Well it is up to me. I am employed now in a Japanese company. So it is up to me as to how long I want to stay. I am not sure if I am properly compensated so will really know when i come in december 2012. i actually also wanted to ask you about that

        • Not sure how much I can help, but I’d be happy to answer any questions.

          • Anonymous

            Well I am neing paid 525000 per month. Housing, taxes, commute I have pay. I am a software engg with 8 years exp. The company will pay for round trip of family per year. 6 months I will be livibg alone mostly in leoplace but later my wife and then 4 month kid will join me. That is when I plan to shift into a ur mostly tokaido or yamanote line near hodogaya. But finance I am worried

            • Leo Palace is quite cheap. I used to live in one. That kind of income is decent, and should be no problem at all. Hodogaya is pretty close to Yokohama station area, is mostly residential, and I don’t think it’ll create any financial problems for you. Interesting that you have to pay for the commute. Most companies pay for it.

  11. Hi, thanks for stopping by my site! I love your photos of Japan; I lived there from 2000-2001, and seeing photos makes me feel very nostalgic.

  12. Oh wow, so you’re teaching English? Is your wife Japanese? 🙂 spring time must be wonderful over there! Anyway, thanks for following my blog!

    • Thanks for the comment! Yes, my wife is Japanese. I’ve been over here teaching English for 8 years now. Spring is beautiful, except for my allergies.

  13. Awesome! Another fellow Canadian in Japan! Glad I could find you here.

  14. Nice blogs! I’m also half Japanese, like your daughter. It’s interesting to read on your other blog about her life growing up here. I grew up in Australia but am now living in Japan. I’m enjoying reading your posts 🙂

    • Thanks for the comment! I’m glad you’re enjoying my blogs. Your post reminded me that I have to update my about page. It still says we’re expecting our first child. That’s quite out of date 🙂

  15. Hey there Jay Dee~

    I am starting a Canada blog list on my new blog at canadaism.wordpress.com and wondered if you would mind me adding your blog to the list? 🙂

  16. Hi Jay Dee! Quick random question – I’ve been in Japan for a few months, and I’m in Kamakura for the summer. I’ve been reading that Yokohama has annual fireworks the Sunday before Marine Day every year but I can’t find exact information about it for this year. If you know anything about it since you’re in the area that would be amazing!

    Thanks so much for such a great blog – I’ve been keeping one of my time here too, and it’s so fun reading about someone else’s experiences.


  17. techchallengedmillenial

    Dear Jay Dee,
    My name is Lidia Medina and I am with the World Spa & Travel magazine’s
    marketing team. World Spa & Travel is a luxury travel magazine devoted to
    bringing our readers & new refreshing content while building a community of like-minded individuals. Our company launched a blog this week! I came across your blog and loved it! I was wondering if you were interested in writing blog posts for us depending on your availability. Our website is
    http://www.theworldspa.com and the blog is under “Travel Network”. Feel free to message
    me any questions!

    All the best,


  18. Hey Jay Dee,

    My name is Lesley Carter and I’m the owner/editor at Bucket List Publications, http://www.bucketlistpublications.com. I’m looking for 10 great writers to add as regular contributors. It will be limited to 10 only and you’ll have a weekly spot on the site.

    We have a total of more than 150,000 subscribers on our social media sites and more than 1.7 million views per month. You can confirm our 23,478,053 page views in two years at http://lesleycarter.wordpress.com/.

    If you are interested, please email me at lesleycarter@live.com to discuss the possibilities.

    May the world be at your doorstep,


    • Thanks for the offer, Lesley. Unfortunately, I’ve got a lot on my plate at the moment, and in fact trying to cut back on some things to focus on my book. I appreciate it. Thanks anyway.

  19. Your pictures and blog are awesome, Jay Dee. I’ve always wanted to visit and stay for awhile in Japan.
    Thanks for sharing.
    How is your writing going?

    • Thanks. I haven’t posted many pictures here lately, but I should be getting back into it soon.

      My writing is very slow at the moment due to computer problems. However, I’ve decided to move my writing to the more traditional pen and paper, at least for my zero draft.

  20. Hi Jay! Wanted you to know I nominated you for the “One Lovely Blog” award — you can read more about it and why I nominated you here: http://wp.me/p4vtko-hD

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