A Live Japan Guy Fan! AWESOME!

On Friday I was coming home from work, and for some reason I was pretty tired. The week felt pretty long already. To things off, Interac scheduled a training for tomorrow (yes, a Saturday) from 10:00 to 4:00pm (ouch!). Earlier that day I had already had a couple of close calls and I just wanted to go home and sleep before having to wake up and do it again tomorrow. I exited the ticket gate at Tsukuba Station and as I was walking, a Japanese woman, I’d say in her early to mid-thirties looks over at me, wide-eyed, and say “OH! I know you!” I couldn’t place her face. I was trying to quickly come up with a name or at least a way to greet her without saying her name. But she didn’t look familiar to me at all. I was thinking…was she a student that I taught? Do I know a friend of her’s? Did I do something wrong (LOL)? It turns out I was wrong on all counts. The woman’s name was Emi and she told me that she reads my blog and watches my YouTube Channel. She told me that I was like a celebrity to her. I can’t lie, it felt pretty cool. But I was telling her, that I just a regular guy who likes writing and making videos, that I’m still learning as I go. We talked for about five minutes in the center of Tsukuba Station. I was really happy to meet her and happy to hear that she enjoys what I write and what I do. It kind of felt like confirmation for me. It felt like after so many screw ups (check out my What’s My Story page) I’m finally getting something right.

To Emi, and to all those readers that come everyday…even the ones that don’t. To the ones that read in passing, the ones that read regularly but don’t necessarily make comments, to the ones that come by to share their thoughts sporadically, to the ones that share their thoughts on a regular basis, to the ones that tell other people about the website, to the ones that share, Digg, and Facebook videos…to every single one of you. I want you to know that I really and truly appreciate you.

Feeling pretty inspired,


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  • devin

    Wows that’s so inspiring!!! That must have made your day if not your week! :)

    • Donald Ash

      You know it, Devin! It surely did! :)

  • Interesting!

    I don’t know if any of my readers have seen me. If they have, they sure don’t make a point of introducing themselves. :)

    But you stick out wayyy more than I do.

    In a crowd, I just blend in. Heh he.

    • Donald Ash

      Yeah, that blending in thing is kinda out of the question for me, ne?

  • Webwolf

    Donald you have an amazing website here. Not only are your posts halarious but your images make it all the more entertaining.
    I have just been offered a post and I wanted your advice. They are very desperate for a position to be filled (thanks to the tsunami) They have asked me to come over on a tourist visa to switch to a workers visa. They seem pretty legit, but I have heard this raises some red flags. But I am a bit worried as they have offered me so many things, that its too good to be true. That being said I am not used to a job treating me well at all!

    Thanks again and I will be reading you ^.^

    • Donald Ash

      Hey Webwolf!

      Thanks for posting your comments! Sounds really interesting. I’ve never heard of a company doing the tourist visa first, just to get you over here quickly…hmm. Do you mind if I ask the name of the company you’re considering (you can email me if you like thejapanguy@gmail.com). I hope everything’s on the up and up, because it’s a great place to live…believe you me! :)

  • Roger Starkey

    I’ve met you, I just didn’t tell you.

    • Donald Ash

      No way, Roger! Really?! When? Now you’ve piqued my curiosity.

  • Judy

    Hi Donald!
    I just stumbled upon your videos and website today while looking for a tutorial on how to make a deposit at an ATM in Japan. It’s true that I could have asked my husband who is Japanese, but I’m trying to be as independent as possible and learn as I go. I was also using the postal ATM today, which has an English menu, but by-golly I wanted validation before I set out on my mission today! I also have yet to do this with my regular bank ATM. I don’t think that one has an English menu, so I’ll definitely be watching your video again before I try that!

    I just wanted to let you know that your video was just what I was looking for: very informative and friendly. Thanks for your willingness to share your knowledge and insights! I’ll definitely be a regular reader.

    Judy from Niigata

    • Donald Ash

      Hi Judy!

      You have no idea how glad it makes me to hear that my videos were useful for you. I hope I can keep making more useful stuff. Thanks for stopping by and showing some love. I’m happy to hear you’ll be coming back, too.

  • Matt W

    You are awesome! I enjoy lurking and viewing your new posts. I should make my 2nd visit to Japan from Dec 12th to January 5th, you help me understand various facinating things about the country I love to visit.

    Last year my train got stuck on the way to Aomori at 9:00PM on Dec 31st, and I spent the cold new years night with some very wonderful new friends at a shrine in Akita. Like you I was tired and just wanted to sleep, but it turned out to be a very nice experience.


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