Living in Kobe

What is it like to actually move to Japan?

If you could pick anywhere to live, how would you decide? My wife and I tackled that question, we made the move of a lifetime, and then everything was new.

We decided to make the city of Kobe our new home, and I want to share with you what it’s like living here. So I’ve started a Japaneur sister site: Living in Kobe. The content there will be more lifestyle focused, from how we picked a city to live in, how we made the move on our own, to the hundreds of new decisions we faced once we moved here.  I'm not exaggerating... hundreds.

My goal for the content on Living in Kobe is to make it useful to anyone interested in Japan, no matter where they live, regardless of your age, whether you're single or married, have kids or no kids, and regardless of whether or not you've been sent to Japan by your work, or you made the decision to move yourself like I did.

The world's changing faster than ever, and I think there's never been a better time to choose where you want to live, and where you want to work. The tech available today makes it possible to work from anywhere. And some cities, like Kobe, make it easy to jump to anywhere in the world in a matter of hours by plane.

Why not choose a city based on overall quality of life?

My first post took hours to write, and months to come together.  It's about the electric power-assisted bicycle we bought for the family.  It's not just about shopping for a bicycle. It's about how to maximize your odds against getting hit by a car, surviving an accident if one happens, and how not to kill anyone in the process.  It's good reading no matter who you are, whether you're a college student, an executive, or a parent taking care of kids during the day.  Curious what the "safest" bicycle color is?  I was too, and I found some interesting info I think you'll like.

Check out Living in Kobe, and let me know what you think in the blog comments, or message me on Instagram or Twitter.