My name is Daniel Johnson and I’m 22 years old. I am a 5th year Civil Engineering student at the University of Toledo with an interest in sustainability, environmental sciences, and Japanese language and culture.

Enough with the basics… Here’s a little bit about my history. I was born September, 1990, in Richmond, Virginia. I lived there until I was about 5 years old. Once I had completed kindergarten, my family and I moved to Madison, New Jersey. There, I completed 1st grade, then we moved again. This time to Livingston, New Jersey. There, I completed 2nd grade… And moved AGAIN! This time to Amherst, New Hampshire. It was there that we remained for 7 years until about half-way through my 9th grade year, we moved again. This time it was back down south, to Philadelphia, where I would remain until I completed high school and would then leave for college out in Toledo.
Throughout this time, I’ve traveled the U.S. and visited, driven through, or lived in over half of our 50 states, but never once have I left the country! (Not counting the 5 minute hop to Niagra Falls.)

But now, I am embarking on the journey of a lifetime to a place half-way around the globe, to a place where the culture is engrained in the land, the language, and the people who inhabit it, to a place where that culture has been cultivated over millennia, and whose culture couldn’t be more different from our own…

Want to see how I will handle the inevitable culture shock and hardship of a traveler in a new world?

Follow me, and find out!


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  1. Hey I just nominated you for two awards. In order to qualify you have to answer the questions that are in my post and nominate 10 others that you think deserve the awards. Congratulations!! Manboy.

    • I saw that you don’t yet have any Asian destinations marked on your blog. If you do make it out east, I would definitely recommend that you go to Japan. The culture is one-of-a-kind!

      • I can’t wait to get there one day! The closest I’ve been to experiencing Asia is Istanbul! I have a huge thing for cherry blossoms as well.. so when I do go, it’ll hafta be in the Spring! What brought you to Japan? Work?

  2. Hey are you back from Japan.I actually live in tokyo Japan.Well I have lived in japan for the last 8 years and am currently in Toledo university for a 3 month research exchange scholar.DO have any japanese events here in Toledo I would love to join.just let me know.γ‚ˆγ‚γ—γγŠι‘˜γ„γ—γΎγ™γ€‚

  3. I am not aware of any events currently planned, as I am still in Japan. However, I know the people that DO what’s going on. I can put you in contact with them if you’d like. When will you be leaving Toledo? I may be back before you leave.

  4. Hi Dan, nice to meet you. Sounds like you’re on the adventure of a lifetime. I gather you’ve been in Japan about 4 years now? You must be starting feel at home a bit maybe.
    Thanks for following our blog. I hope you enjoy the stories of our journey, both inner and outer.
    Cheers, Alison

    • Hi there! I’m afraid I’ve been a bit sparse. You’ve actually been to my blog before back when I was still in Japan.
      Perhaps you’ll remember if I direct you to the post you visited – https://danintakamatsu.wordpress.com/2012/11/21/my-current-state-in-japan-address/
      I’ve explored your blog before, but for some reason I forgot to click the “follow” button! Unfortunately I had to return home back in August of 2012 (as one of my final post recounts) in order to finish my degree and subsequently begin graduate school. I’m thrilled to see you and Don still at it, seeing what there is to see.
      Best wishes!

      • Well I thought everything looked familiar, and browsed around to see if you were already following, but not enough I see. I’m glad you clicked the follow button! Yes, we’re still at it, traipsing around the world. Hope you’re enjoying graduate school. Bet Japan was a life changer!
        Cheers, Alison

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