January 23, 2016
This has been quite the exciting and emotional week for us but we’re finally in Tokyo, Japan! I’m currently writing this blog post from a small one room temporary apartment where our bed takes up most of the room and our blogging gear takes up the rest. Simon has literally filled the kitchen cupboards with shirts and pants and I’m using the chair as a makeup station. We’ve only been here for four days and despite our tiny living space our excitement level is through the roof. We’ve started to look for possible apartments and by the time Spudgy and Meemers have passed their final tests to enter Japan, we should have a place all set up and ready to go for them. Currently Spudgy and Meemers are staying in Korea with friends, and despite starting their quarantine process in October, Japan’s strict pet import laws mean they have a lot of tests to pass before entering. We will be putting up a big TLDR on Pet Import Laws once they arrive in Japan for those of you that are interested!
But let’s rewind for a second here. This was a pretty emotional video huh? Moving is a really exhausting thing! You’ve got to go through all your belongings and decide what is going to stay and what is going to go. You have to look at all the stuff you’ve gathered and see what will make the cut. Since Simon and I have spent almost our whole married lives together in Korea, Korea really became our home together. Packing up our apartment was a very strange feeling for me. I felt like I was closing a chapter in my life that Simon and I had built together. While I know things like material goods are not the most important things in life, I cried over our stupid fridge because it was the first (and only) fridge Simon and I have ever got together. It was more the overwhelming realization that “wow, we’re going on a huge new adventure together” that made me cry and that fridge really represented that for me. And for the record, I split only one bottle of wine with Simon, NOT TWO!!! I was just an emotional baby. Haha! When we left Canada for the first time I tried really hard to not cry in front of my family, but I cried as soon as the airplane took off. The same emotions of excitement mingled with anticipation came over me as I watched Korea get smaller and smaller from my airplane window.
I can honestly say as soon as we landed in Japan I was filled to the brim with excitement. I’ve heard stories from my friend Miki about Japan every year for about 15 years and while the stories weren’t especially glamorous or over-the-top, I couldn’t wait to experience a different culture than the one I was experiencing in Canada. I had the chance to experience that in Korea and it was totally wonderful! In fact, due to the magical internet, you all had the chance to experience that with us. We really can’t wait for you to experience a new and wonderful culture together with us again and this time you’ll be with us from the very start! Although this video isn’t really getting into our adventures in Japan yet, we’ll be filming a WTF this weekend from our little temp-apartment in Tokyo. I will be starting a segment dedicated to how I’m learning Japanese (chock-full of hand drawn Martina doodles) and of course, there will be FAPFAPs galore! As we have more legit information to share with you, the TLDRs will return…so much to talk about with our move, especially with things like finding an apartment! Oh also, some of you have been asking us on Twitter and Instagram: we’ll let you know about our PO Box address very soon because we really miss reading your letters and receiving your awesome fan art and surprises. We’ve packed up every single piece of fan art and gifts that you sent us before but it has to be shipped to Japan once we find an apartment so we feel really lonely without it all. Can’t wait to start a new live chat segment and start putting up new art and opening new surprises :)
Thank you for being so patient with us and look forward to new and exciting videos very very soon! がんばって！