Welcome! I’m Monica, originally from the U.S., now living in South Korea with my husband Junkyu and our cat, Penny.
I first had an interest in Asian culture in high school, when I began watching dramas and listening to all kinds of Asian pop music. The summer before my senior year in high school, I went to Japan with a program called AFS to live with a host family and learn Japanese. I loved it so much, that I went back a year later with our sister city for two weeks, and then went to college with the intention of majoring in Japanese.
I had to transfer schools to find the right program for me, but it allowed me to study abroad for a year in Kyoto, Japan at Ritsumeikan University. I mostly studied Japanese, but I also took Korean and thought about studying abroad there until I decided to graduate early.
After graduation, I went back to Japan on the JET Program and lived in Fukuoka Prefecture for two years. Towards the end of my first year, I met my husband Junkyu on a train ride to Nagasaki. He sat down next to me and we started talking, and the rest is history (which you can read about here and here). We were long distance for a year before he proposed, and after my contract in Japan ended, I moved to Korea. Since then, we’ve taken pre-wedding photos, gotten married in a traditional Korean ceremony, and adopted a cat (and another!) We also had an American wedding ceremony in the fall of 2017.
I started my blog as a way to write down my feelings about living abroad, and because I had a lot of free time at my desk in Japan. Now, I love sharing stories about love, life, books, and all the things in between.
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