Hari Ke-17 di Jepang: 5 Things I Love Most About Living in Tsukuba

By miyosi ariefiansyah (bunda taka) - January 17, 2020

I have been living in Tsukuba for almost three weeks. Yes, on December 31th 2019, I officially moved to Japan. Not for a long time, just for 15 months. But, I am thankful for this opportunity. Honestly, Japan is my dream destination place to live or just travel. But, I didn't know when it would happen until finally I could come here three weeks ago.

Actually in 2016 I had registered to follow writers residency, the program from Indonesia Government to exchange Indonesian writer to another country or just city during three months.  I chose Japan as a country I wanted to live. But, in the process, I got pregnant, something that I had been waiting for years. I was surprised and couldn't describe my feeling whether I should happy or not. Although, absolutely, I was so happy because I would be a mother. I canceled my two plans to go abroad: one was Japan which I applied for writers residency program and  the other one was South Korea which my husband and I already bought Garuda Indonesia ticket promo for traveling. I tried to think positive and let two opportunities go. I accepted all as the destiny. I believed that Allah would give the best.

I proved it all. Alhamdulillah. In the middle of 2019, my husband's schoolarship to continue the study in Japan was approved. Surely, I felt so excited. Finally, my dream to live in Japan came true. And the best part is that I am able to live together with my family for 1,5 years, not living alone for a short period of time.

By the way, my husband has been living here since September 2019. I followed afterward about three months later, after my coe was approved. So, I am still a newbie here.

Maybe, you ask me where Tsukuba is, at least my friends did. 

As we know, Japan has four main islands. They are Hokaido, Honshu, Shikoku, and Kyusu. Honshu has five regions. One of them is Kanto. And then, Kanto is divided by seven prefectures. They are Chiba, Gunma, Kanagawa, Saitama, Tochigi, Tokyo, and Ibaraki. Tsukuba is in Ibaraki Prefecture.

From Tokyo Station, it takes about an hour to reach Tsukuba by train, not far. So I feel lucky because during living here, I often come to Tokyo, at least I have visited Tokyo three times. 

There are five things I love the most about living here, Tsukuba, as I write below:

1. Tsukuba is known as The Science City. There are many scientists live here. Yes, if you browse about Tsukuba on google, you will find this fact. So, it's so condusive to study here, not crowded. 

2. There are many beautiful parks where kids can play there freely.

3. I love the nature here, especially around my place, Ichinoya. It's like I find a peace. I can refresh and keep my positive mind. Alhamdulillah.

4. It's not far from Tokyo or other popular cities and so easy to reach them all. All I need is just to go to station and then riding the train.

5. I find not only Japanese people but also others from many countries. Maybe it because I live in campus area so I see not only local people but also foreigner. I love interacting with them all.

Honestly, in my opinion, wherever we are now, we have to love it. Every place has their own positive and negative side, doesn't it? In Indonesia, we'll find proverb "Di mana bumi dipijak, di situ langit dijunjung,"

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  1. Iyaaa aku seneng banget liat WA story mba Miiiiy, kayak di Eropa yak, pohon2nya, aku ngebayangin pas musim salju, pasti indah bangeeet. Mauuu ke Jepang jugaaa buat jelong2, hihi, aamiin


Makasih udah ninggalin jejak yang baik ya, Teman-teman! :)