I put on my boots and make my way to my home and step outside. Quickly the blinding white strikes my eyes.
If you really make a decision to live in Hokkaido check your medical status with your medical expert witnesses.
Toward my right is a field of white as far as possible back to the slopes somewhere far off and on my left side is a mass of snow 8 feet high. Before me is my carport which has 30 cm of new snow that should be scooped before I can move my vehicle.
Following 45 minutes of scooping, I am in my vehicle and driving not too far off. In any case, even here all I see is white. The street is white and lined by walls of snow taller than my vehicle. It’s less than 10 degrees Celsius yet I’m perspiring from all the scooping.
This is normal that I am exceptionally familiar with now that I live in Hokkaido, however, it wasn’t such a long time ago that the main snow I saw was the snow on top of Mt. Fuji. Shizuoka was generally hot and bright so the thing am I doing in a place that is known for snow and cold? Furthermore, for what reason do I adore it to such an extent?
Why I Decided to Move to Hokkaido
There were a ton ways to improve your life, you could camp at the Fuji Five Lakes, and there were many spots to go climbing in the Southern Alps.
It was an incredible spot for me, however being from Wisconsin, it was too hot, and an excessive number of individuals there. Regardless of how far I went climbing into the mountains, there was generally a horde of individuals. I was unable to get away from them!
I honestly hate large groups, but rather the most compelling motivation for me to leave Shizuoka was the climate. It was dependably radiant and hot (other than the storm season).
I was unable to reside in a spot that didn’t have snow. I’m an enthusiastic snowboarder so I asked myself; where in Japan has the best snow? Not long after that, I purchased a vehicle that was great in winter and began my excursion to Hokkaido.
How I Moved Everything from Shizuoka to Hokkaido
I chose to purchase a vehicle before I left since it was less expensive to carry all that I could with me as opposed to delivering everything to Hokkaido. Transportation to Hokkaido is truly costly what’s more, I expected to ultimately purchase another vehicle. So I purchased a Nissan X Trail since it is huge and great in winter.
I stacked up my vehicle with all that I would be able and afterward sold all the other things. Then, at that point, I drove from Fujinomiya to Oarai in Ibaraki prefecture. From that point, I took the ship to Tomakomai, Hokkaido.
The ship required 18 hours however it just expenses 26,000 yen for me as well as my vehicle. It required a long investment yet it was less expensive than purchasing a boarding pass and delivering everything.
It was 32 degrees when I left Shizuoka, however, it was a cold 10 degrees when I got to Hokkaido. Despite the fact that it was April, it actually seemed to be winter. Every one of the mountains was shrouded in snow and every one of the roads was as yet fixed with walls of snow. The air was fresh and new. It affected me and in spite of being underdressed, I felt quite a bit better.
From Tomakomai I drove the most recent three hours to get to my new home.
The Cheap Housing Made It Worth It
I moved to a town that has a populace of a little more than 4,000 individuals and is situated around a short way from Asahikawa. I experienced childhood in a modest community however my new town felt minuscule.
There is one traffic signal in my town, one mail center, one izakaya (bar), one general store, and one little train station here. That is all there is to it! Indeed, that and a great deal of snow and many foxes meandering the roads.
I began to have a few misgivings about moving to such a humble community, however, at that point, I saw my home. I realized I would be living in educator lodging, however, I never envisioned that that would be something to be thankful for.
My home is astounding! It is a 3LDK, and that implies that it has 3 rooms, a parlor, and a lounge area. It likewise has an enormous carport and a much bigger yard. It’s large enough for me to grow a respectable size garden and have space for open-air fires!
Best of all, I just compensated 23,000 yen ($230) a month for it!
My companions who live in other provincial areas of Hokkaido have comparative lodging circumstances. Hokkaido is a decent spot to be an English instructor. Indeed, even my companions who live in Sapporo have pleasant condos. The lofts are by and large greater than the condos I have found in Tokyo and they are a ton fresher here.
There is simply such a lot of open space in Hokkaido that everything is by all accounts a piece greater. The condos are a piece greater, the spaces between the houses are greater and, surprisingly, the streets are more extensive. This additional room truly improves personal satisfaction here!
My New Community Was Much Smaller but More Inviting
Everybody in this town knows me now. Straightforwardly, EVERYONE.
It’s not just in light of the fact that I am an outsider and stand apart in the city, but since I was highlighted in the neighborhood paper and, surprisingly, on a nearby TV program. They were truly keen on me when I came here and made a special effort to acquaint me with everybody around. With just 4,000 individuals, it didn’t take long to meet them all.
I was astonished at how effectively my town invited me into their local area. I have consistently realized that Japanese individuals are considerate, however, it was generally a battle to get completely acknowledged into their nearby circles. I was in every case simply a pariah that everybody was well disposed to.
In any case, presently I am a full individual from the local area here. They request that I play on the town’s softball and volleyball crews. City Hall welcomes me to BBQ parties the entire summer. I’m associated with arranging occasion occasions for the youngsters around. I compose letters to the city hall leader with ideas for the town and he welcomes me to his office to talk about my thoughts further. When like clockwork, I become the “pioneer” of my area and manage the cleaning of the roads in my space (despite the fact that they are in every case clean regardless).
It isn’t generally fun, yet it feels perfect to be a genuine individual from this local area. I get less “gaijin honors” here and it really feels extraordinary in light of the fact that it feels more regular.
This isn’t simply restricted to my town by the same token.
Hokkaido People Differ from Other Parts of Japan
Individuals in Hokkaido are significantly more tolerant of outsiders. One motivation behind why I feel that is on the grounds that there are many individuals who live in Hokkaido who aren’t from Hokkaido. An enormous level of individuals who live here is transferred from different pieces of Japan. This variety establishes a climate of understanding and less bias.
There is by all accounts a touch a greater amount of Western mindset in Hokkaido and that significantly impacts individuals who live here. Individuals here actually hold to their practices however they are definitely more open to groundbreaking thoughts than individuals in different spots I have lived.
I have additionally consistently accepted that the colder the environment is, the hotter individuals are. Hokkaido is COLD and therefore, individuals depend on one another more and that makes a connection between individuals.