DESSA – Live in Kanagawa Japan – from Philippines

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Meet Dessa, a Filipino expatriate in Japan, drawn by the country’s blend of tradition and innovation. Settled in peaceful Yokohama, Dessa relishes the convenience of Japanese transportation and aims to explore all 47 prefectures. With a passion for cultural immersion, Dessa advises fellow travelers to take their time and savor each destination.

Interview – Story in Japan

Q&A

WHERE ARE YOU FROM?

Phillippines

WHAT DO YOU DO IN JAPAN?

Recently moved to Japan.

WHY ARE YOU INTERESTED IN JAPAN?

Before living here, I have visited Japan 3 times in 3 different seasons. I was very keen to experience the different seasons because we only have sun and rain in my home country. I’m also interested in how the “old meets new” type of vibe Japan is giving as it is one of the most technologically advanced country in the world but their preservation of their culture, heritage and values are still present.

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO STAY IN THIS CITY?

I am based in Yokohama. Not as crowded as Tokyo but very near Tokyo. Living in Yokohama seems more peaceful rather than living in the bustling cities of Tokyo.

WHERE IS YOUR LOCAL RECOMMENDATION IN THIS CITY?

Highly recommend trying Yokohama-style ramen! Minatomirai is beautiful to stroll in. The Cup Noodles Museum is in this area too. Visit also Yokohama Red Brick House during winter.

WHAT DID YOU ENJOY THE MOST WHILE STAYING ABROAD?

The convenience and efficiency of their public transportation as you can visit one region to another easily! I say this because in my home country, you have to cross seas to get to most of the other regions.

DID YOU EXPERIENCE ANY CHANGE IN YOUR LIFE AND FUTURE PROSPECTS AFTER YOU START YOUR JOURNEY?

Yes definitely! I’m more time conscious. As people here respect each other’s time. Everything and everyone here is on time.

WHAT IS YOUR DREAM?

My ultimate goal is to visit the 47 prefectures of Japan! So far I have visited 18 over 47 prefectures.

MESSAGE TO OUR FRIENDS WHO WILL GO TO JAPAN.

Research the destination you want to go but don’t do everything at once. Emerse on the culture one city at a time; don’t rush into going to different places and just stay there for one to two days. Also, explore the provinces of Japan on your next trip.

HOW DO YOU LEARN JAPANESE?

I use some apps and some beginner books. It also helps to watch some videos on YouTube for the pronunciation of the words. Also helps if you can interact with a local.


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