About Me

Wow, it’s been 10 years already since I moved to Japan! With the new page layout comes an update here as well, and looking at my life right now, I’d say I’m doing quite well:

  • My life has calmed down without turning into (too much) routine; I’m still curious and like to try new things and explore Kyoto, just as I did when I came here 10 years ago.
  • I have made few but great friends, and I’m lucky to have such wonderful people in my life.
  • In 2021, I was able to buy a house; it’s small, a bit older than me, and in the outskirts of Kyoto, but I’m very happy here and wouldn’t change a thing (renovations notwithstanding).
  • With the house came a cat, and my dear Pumpkin makes me laugh every day.
  • My company is still up and running (even though surviving the pandemic wasn’t easy at all).
  • Yes, overall, I’m very happy and I don’t regret a thing.

I currently post biweekly about my life and all things Japanese, that hasn’t changed.

Comments to my posts are still welcome – as this is my blog, however, I do reserve the right to delete those that are rude or spammy. The contact form below is if you’d like to talk to me privately.

Previous “About Me” (2018)

After 5 years in Japan, I guess it’s time for an update! So,

whispering Japanese girls

What happened in the last 5 years?

Well, I moved to Kyoto in May 2013, after giving up my old life in academia. The first year I spent in Japan, I was here on a tourist visa, essentially running through the city with a big grin on my face, “yeah, I finally did it!”. In the second year, I studied soroban, the old Japanese abacus, and I was still running around with a big grin on my face. However, things were not quite as positive on the job front (no Japanese language – no job), so I decided to open my own company in 2016.

Things are mostly good, and despite a few setbacks that I had, I don’t regret a thing! I feel very happy and calm and confident here in Kyoto, it’s like coming home. Life’s good!

Currently, my posting schedule is 3 times a week. Tuesdays and Thursdays I write about my own experiences in Japan, things I find odd, curious, annoying… Sundays I usually write about “all things Japanese”, those posts should be of a more general interest.

I hope you’ll enjoy your time on here!

Previous “About Me” (2013)

Japanese daruma doll

Name: Iris

Born: 1975 in Austria

Likes: everything Japanese 😉

Does: Academia – computer science – but ended up disenchanted. “Why and for whom am I doing this?” is a dangerous question…
Is ready to go out there and try something else.

Wants to move to Japan because:  Not entirely sure. There’s a fascination emanating from the country that is difficult to understand, lest explain. Can be best described by the feeling of “falling in love”, maybe.

Ultimate goal: Looking back at the experience and being able to say “At least I tried”.
And becoming rich and famous on the way, of course. 😉