About

Why a blog?

I started “Suki, deshou?” as a travel blog about my experience while studying in Japan. However, while I was there I could not blog about my adventures as they were happening so I decided I’d build this blog after my trip as both a memoir and a place to gush about my love of foreign cultures and languages.

I studied abroad with 9 other students from my university for 5 weeks in Kanazawa-shi, Ishikawa-ken. I was the team leader (or “dancho” 団長) and took care of all official business while abroad. Of course, I couldn’t have done it without the support of my team, and I am honoured to count them as my close friends.

Meet The “Kanazawa Dream Team”, my best friends and partners in crime:

Clockwise: Vincent, Sophie, Arnoux, Mylène, Simon, Mireille, Michael, Zoé.
Center: Me (Ashley)

What’s in a name?

As some might know, “suki deshou?” in Japanese is written as 好きでしょう?loosely meaning “you like this, right?”. This reflects on my own feelings about travelling and Japan in particular. There are so many things that make life special and I think these two words encompass so much of that feeling.

Being a language enthusiast, I have studied Japanese & Chinese in university, and speak French & English as native tongues. I love incorporating these languages into my posts; this is my way of expressing my feelings to the best of my capabilities. Sometimes, a certain language is able to convey a specific feeling, otherwise unavailable in an other language. Therefore, my going back-and-forth between these tongues will allow me to express myself more clearly.

Welcome to all!

Bienvenue à tous!

皆さんようこそ!

欢迎!

18 thoughts on “About

    • Thank you so much! I’m honoured that you enjoy my posts enough to nominate me ^_^ I will definitely keep on writing about my adventures. Thank you for your support!

  1. This is exactly what i was looking for! So glad to have found you. Please keep all the interesting posts coming. Look forward to reading more 🙂
    Good luck
    ~Divya

    • Hello! Thank you for visiting and commenting 🙂 I’m glad you enjoy my posts, I’ll try my best to keep things interesting in the coming months as I prepare for my new life in Japan. I look forward to your comments 🙂

  2. Hi Ashley!
    Great blog! I love it.
    Unless I’m mistaken, we come from the same corner of the world. Although I didn’t get to do the Kanazawa program while at uni, I am also on JET at the moment. And not too far from you too: I’m a 3rd year participant in Yokohama. I haven’t caught up with your latest posts (I preferred to read them in order ^_^), but if you’re still in Saitama, let me know. Maybe we can meet up some in Tokyo some day 😉

    • Hi! Thanks for reading 🙂 Yes, I’m still living in Japan (and will be still for a little while I hope ;P) Yokohama? That’s cool! I go there quite often, I love to walk around the city 🙂 I’d love to meet up! Let me know when you’d be available!

      • Hi Ashley!
        Thank you for your reply. I must admit that my 3 years here haven’t brought me to Saitama very often. Sorry about that ^_^;
        So to make it less cryptic (while still retaining some anonymity 😉 ), I believe we both graduated from UdeM. But even if that’s not the case, I’d be more than happy to meet up. The end of March/beginning of April are a little hectic, but how about after that?

      • Senpai (can I call you that? You are 3 years my JET senior :P)!

        Yes, I graduated from the UdeM too 🙂
        Sometime after the graduation/entrance rush seems good 🙂 plus, the weather is final warming up!

  3. Hi Ashley,

    I am trying to increase awareness of the opportunities available for young people.

    So I have started a blog where the aim is for people who are currently on or have completed one of our identified opportunities to write an article about their experience in order to encourage other people to participate in the opportunities available to them .

    As such based on what you have been able to achieve, would you be interested in submitting an article to jihuiyishi.wordpress.com ?

    Thank you and hope to hear from you soon on my email jihuiyishi@gmai.com

    • Hello! Thank you very much for the opportunity! I would be happy to write for you. Please let me know what topic and how long of an article you would like. Let me know if you are still interested!

      • Hi Ashley,

        I am glad to see that you would love to write something for us. The intention of the piece should be to encourage and advise young people, through your experinces on the JET programme.

        We would ask for a minimum of 500 words and hope that you will be able to include some pictures.

        Hope to hear from you soon.

        Thank you.

      • Hello again!
        Sounds great, please let me know by when you need it. By encouragement, do you mean encourage participation in the JET Programme, or moving to Japan in general?
        Thank you!

  4. Hi there! I was researching Saitama JET placements and found your blog. Thanks for having a positive view on Saitama. I asked people about it on I Think I’m Lost, and they were uber negative and basically called Saitama a black hole of despair (among other things). I have a ton of questions but don’t want to ask them here, but did you really like Saitama? Is it actually an okay place to live?

    • Hello! Thank you for writing. I had a personal issue in regards to my placement in Saitama but believe me, it has nothing to do with the place itself. At the time, I wanted to be placed in another part of Japan and felt conflicted about the placement I received. Now, two years later, I can say with all honesty that I am extremely happy to be living and working in Saitama. If you have any questions about this prefecture or Japan in general, please feel free to contact me again.

  5. Dear sukideshou,

    My name is Joyce and I work for ExpatFinder.com.
    ExpatFinder.com is a free one stop website for people preparing to move or working and living overseas. We provide a myriad of services for expatriates and we have over 2,000 articles to help and support the people moving around the world and we are now creating an interview section to help the expats with real life experiences!
    We quite enjoy your blog about living in Saitama, it is very interesting and informative. Would it be possible to interview you to further share some of your tips and feature some of your first hand experience as an Expat and your interview will be published on our Expat Interview section as a guide for our expat readers. The questions are mainly about the day to day lifestyle of an expat. If it would be possible, could you also send some photographs that we can use?
    Of course, if you accept, we can add a link to your blog or some of your website.
    The questions are enclosed, feel free to respond freely. You can return the doc with your answers if you accept this invitation.
    Thanks in advance and do let me know if you prefer other means to conduct this interview and we would be happy to accommodate your terms.

    Best regards,
    Joyce

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