I moved to the U.S. in 1985 from Japan with my family. I am from Fukuoka, southern Japan. I thought we would live in Michigan just for a few years, but we are still here.
I got very tired of living in Michigan. I did not pay any attention to anything about Michigan for a while. Then recently I began to realize that I may live here with my husband forever. Then I started wanting exploring Michigan again, particularly western Michigan where we once lived.
The Great Lakes regions are, I think, the best part of the Midwest. We are blessed with the beautiful lakes, woods, and hills.
I wanted to make a summary of the knowledge I accumulated over my years of living in Michigan and pass it down to the younger generations of new immigrants (I sound like a very old perosn. Haha). When I came to Michigan in mid-80s, there were very few Japanese (and very few other Asians). A decade later, many Japanese, who are 10-20 years younger than me, started pouring in the U.S. thanks to the favorable exchange rate.
I will reveal my name when I retire. If I did it now, my boss might use it as an excuse not to give me a pay raise (he might say, “Your performance is not satisfactory, because you are too distracted to your blog and not focused on your job.”). I can’t let it happen!
I also blog for the Ann Arbor Area Convention and Bureau. The link is on the lower right side. Please check that out, too!