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Writing to you from the other side of the globe! I pinch myself multiple times a day to make sure I truly am where I think I am: Tokyo. The weeks leading up to my move were been absolutely insane: I quit my job, moved all my stuff out of NYC, and said goodbye (for now) to some of the best people I have ever met. While my friends know my reasons for leaving NYC, I wanted to dedicate this post to the inspiration for my move and explain my future plans.

The very start of my Japanese adventure dates back to 2009 when I moved to Tokyo as a clueless 19-year old Hello Kitty fan. I had been interested in Japan my whole life, and thought it wise to check it out for myself before committing to studying the Japanese language in college. Not knowing a single Japanese soul or word, the first couple of weeks were absolutely miserable: I got constantly lost, had no one to speak with, and had no internet/phone. I made it work, however, and truly had the best time of my life. While I loved living in Japan, I was in the process of applying to American universities and decided to return after graduation.

Needless to say, I did not return to Japan after graduating from UPenn. I had built my life in the USA, adopted two puppy dogs, and made some amazing friends. I never in a million years thought I would end up working 9 to 6 in an office, but I found a job at a company and started living the adult, not-always-so-responsible life. While I very much enjoyed my life in NYC, my strong desire to return to Tokyo was eating away at me. I felt time ticking but was afraid to sacrifice stability and possible career advancement. Then, one day, I stumbled upon an insanely cheap plane ticket to Tokyo and decided right then and there to just DO IT. It was now or never. I honestly still can’t believe I did it, and won’t lie and claim that I am not still terrified of it all. Do I regret it, though? Hell no.

So what will I be doing in Tokyo? I will be focusing on my blog and working on boosting my social media presence here in Japan. I am in the process of making my blog bi-lingual to increase accessibility for my Japanese readers. Also, I have purchased a video camera and will be starting my very own YouTube channel. I am so excited to share my experiences with everyone, as this country/city is absolutely insane (in the absolute best way possible). I had forgotten how different and crazy Tokyo is since my last visit, but let me tell you: this city does NOT disappoint. Even though it will be intimidating to vlog alone on the streets of Tokyo, I am very excited for you all to keep up with all my adventures.

All in all, I am so glad I made the decision to take matters into my own hands and pursue my dreams. I think 99% of people have dreams that they are too afraid to follow. While I understand that life happens and certain circumstances may be limiting, I urge each and everyone one of you to critically think about what will make you happy. Truly happy. If you’re interested, please listen to the following reading by the Western philosopher Alan Watts. His words inspired me to stop caring about societal norms and focus on my own happiness and desires. I hope his words will mean something to you, as well :).

Whatever may happen in the future, I feel happy, liberated, and excited. Will all my dreams here in Japan come true? Hopefully. But even if they don’t, it will have been a life-changing experience that will eliminate the ever-so-daunting “What If?” question.

Thank you so much for reading and stay tuned for my first vlog and more blog articles!

Till next time,


Ps: For an exclusive peek into my life, please follow me on Snapchat and Instagram @stevenwillem!


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Comments (3)

  • Trish . April 28, 2016 . Reply

    Very inspiring!! Miss you Stevie! Tried to leave a Dorinda gif here but was unable – pls work on that asap. thx

    • stateofsilver . April 29, 2016 . Reply

      Thanks, Babe! And yes, I definitely have to work on that. Apologies!

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