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I’m back in Japan!

Well, I was back in Japan, for one quick week. Dec 9-16. My first impression was how cold it was. I don’t miss that. At. All!

Aside from dealing with the cold, I wasn’t sure how I would feel returning to a place that held so many memories for me. A place that, until this trip, I still considered as my only real home. Living in Tokyo for nine years was the longest time that I’d ever lived in one single city. I moved around every 2-4 years growing up (Dad’s job, as an Operating Engineer), and even college was just 4 short years for me in Phoenix. I’ve considered moving back to Phoenix, too, but I think that I’d be better off exploring somewhere new.

So, here I am left wondering where I actually belong. It’s not Honolulu, Phoenix, and it’s probably not Washington, either (though I haven’t tried Seattle). I’d like to take the cats and move to Los Angeles next summer and try it out there, but will the city of angels feel like home, or will I still be consumed with a sense of not having found my place yet?

I think that I adore the idea of planets full of alien societies because I’ve never felt like I belong anywhere on Earth. I have three cats to conside, though, and moving is stressful for them so I probably should just put down roots somewhere and travel instead of move. Right?

But back to Japan!! 

Just making sure that I know which bags are mine… (#^.^#) 行きます、ジャパン!

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I took a lot of photos (not as many as I’d have liked because it was COLD and Jamie just doesn’t function in the cold very well. Maybe that’s something to work on. Anyways, the flight from Honolulu to Japan was 9 1/2 hours long and in the sun the entire time. We left early in the morning and arrived in the afternoon the next day. There were rainbows happening outside, though!

Other than that, the flight from Hawaii to Tokyo is just a lot of ocean and clouds. Water as far as the eye can see. It’s beautiful in its own way, but to be honest I find it a bit unsettling. If something happened, help would be far, far away.

Surprisingly, the airport wasn’t too cold. I had a sweatshirt and shorts on (with a cat), and I just walked out with that. It felt like it was too cumbersome to dig my coat out of my suitcase.

This girl is proud of her love for cats. (You should see my passport cover!)

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Here’s what greeted me:

She has landed!!

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And that was the beginning… of something very special for me. And lots of pictures for you!

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Hi! This is Jamie Lynn Lano! I am a Washington State (USA) native who: ☆ Holds a Bachelors of the Arts in Media Arts & Animation from AiPx. ☆ Worked as an assistant mangaka in Japan for Konomi Takeshi on The Prince of Tennis. ☆ Was an essay columnist for Asahi Weekly from 2008-2013. ☆ Was the star of Asahi Pop'n Press on Asahi TV (Japan) from 2009-2013 ☆ Was a write for Metropolis magazine in 2010. ☆ Has kept a blog foreeeeeeeeever! First and Current blogs.


  • Marmot

    Hi! I decided to comment because I found myself in this post in many ways. I have never felt like I belong anywhere either. I’m living in Japan currently, and here I always thought it’s because of my height (around 180cm) that I feel like I don’t belong here but I guess that’s just an excuse…
    Anyway, I just wanted to say that I genuinely, truly hope you will find a place you really feel like you belong someday! ♥

  • Shannon

    Hi Jamie, how was your trip to Japan? I am very curious how hard it was to stay vegan in Japan. I have heard it’s really hard to even be vegetarian in Japan because they tend to add fish stock and eggs to lots of foods.
    I can’t wait to read more of your journey. I hope you also find that place to call home.

    • Jamie Lynn Lano

      Hi Shannon! It depended on where I was. Sometimes it was easy, sometimes it was pretty hard. Disneyland and Disney Sea were particularily hard! I would not go there without preparing my own food in advance anymore. And my partner constantly wanted sushi, so I would be stuck with nothing but cucumber rolls to eat, but I also went to a few vegan restaurants. There are so many that in the Tokyo area I could have had three meals at them a day if I didn’t have to deal with a person who refused that!

  • Mona

    Hi Jamie
    I was wondering what are the elements that make you feel like you are at home? Is there specific things you want to accomplish at your future destination maybe? Or it’s just a feeling? Where I live we considered to stay at our country and work at it as a good citizen I was never allowed to think about living somewhere else. Also Japan was a home to you in the past is it because it was a new place and exciting? I am just wondering and I hope you find your ideal place soon.

  • Carina

    I hope you’ll find the place where you truly feel that you belong.

    It might be stressful and difficult but if Hawaii isn’t that place for you, try to find that place asap. In the long run, you’ll be happier.

  • Ali Konain

    Hello, Jamie, I’ve read you’re blog and I want to know some information that I hope, won’t be a bother for you to tell me…
    I’m really much looking forward to moving to Japan and starting my career as a Mangaka.
    Would you be kind enough to tell me the basics or the most important things that I should do before coming to Japan? (Is Learning Japanese really important ? Is there some way to publish my manga without coming to Japan ? How can I improve my skills for story writing as well as drawing if I don’t have any means to get hired as an assistant by a Professional Mangaka?)

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