Hello everyone! I hope you have been enjoying watching what's been going on here at Transformation Retreat by Jayne Nakata Headquarters. Here is a quick recap of how this business was actually many years in the making.
In 2009 a very dejected me arrived reluctantly back in Japan after 3 years of amazingness living in Germany as an "expat" and travelling to all those beautiful historical places that a little girl from New Zealand could only dream of. I would spend hours and hours planning our short trips, looking at hotels, comparing locations, access to public transport and attractions, one friend even suggested I set up an online travel agency back then.
Back in Japan, I went from blending in (I look rather German) to being stared at and talked about like some kind of freak in my neighbourhood. It was just after the World Financial Crisis - the reason for our being sent back to Japan so suddenly. There were no jobs to be had for me. We rented an apartment 1/3 the size of our one in Germany and promptly regretted it as the neighbours behind us insisted on burning rubbish from which smoke then blew into our bedroom, the noisiest family you ever met moved in right next door to us with 2 kids who would be screaming and jumping and banging around at 10pm!?! and even though it was a brand new apartment, giant brown cockroaches, the likes of I have never seen, had already set up residence there within 6 months.
I eventually found out about this thing called "blogging". I started to write about my life in semi-rural Japan. I was a very reluctant "Gaijin Housewife". The name of my blog for the last 8 years.