It was the first time I took Japanese classes and I really enjoyed it.
After graduated (bachelor degree),
I decided to do an other bachelor in communication as I wanted to do documentaries.
As I had pretty good marks at university,
I was accepted to enter in La Sorbonne in Paris
and directly in the last year as I had already studied a lot of things
thanks to the options I took.
Studying in Paris was a chance,
but it was also really expensive,
so I decided to study more and more as not to waste this opportunity.
That’s why, I also enrolled in an other department: language sciences.
Juggling with 2 majors was really difficult.
And I had also enrolled a Japanese school to take Japanese lessons the weekend,
but I had to stop after 3 months as I was too busy at university.
I absolutely don’t regret having choosing several thing
as I have graduated with good marks in both of these majors after one year.
After that, I decided to enter in master degree.
Among the 3 majors I had as a bachelor
(sociology, communication and language sciences),
I choose to pursue in Sociology-anthropology.
The only master in Asian Anthropology of France was in Aix-en-Provence,
so I applied there and I was accepted.
It was definitely my favorite university experience.
It was finally what I wanted to study, a mix between sociology, communication
(as there were some classes to learn how to conduct interviews) and Japanese culture and language !
As in master degree we had to choose a thesis’s subject,
I choose ama-san for the reasons told before.
After that, I have moved to Mie-ken to continue studying ama-san
in order to maybe go in Ph.D. It didn’t choose the Ph.D at the end
as I had financial problems, and I found a job a french teacher in Tokyo.
I worked there during almost 2 years.
Students were really kind, but the working conditions were bad
and it was not really what I wanted to do.
Salary was low, no health insurance, no pension, nothing!
And management was super kind, so I got sick (strong anaemia).
I am really stubborn and I don’t accept the failure easily,
so I didn’t want to quit. But when my father came to Japan to visit me,
he asked me to quit because it was really bad living conditions.
During that time, I started to write. It was my only hobby
and it was also a way to stay connected to what I really wanted to do
: sharing things about Japan. I started a blog, and I was contacted
but a company that was looking for writers at that time.
I immediately accepted. I love writing, writing my thesis was a kind of a revelation.
And I want to share a lot of things about Japan,
so it was the perfect occasion. It also help me to get pocket money,
and I was able to make both ends meet thanks to this.
I eventually quit my job in the french school
and enter a Japanese language school in Idabashii to boost my Japanese level.
The school was perfect! Teachers were good and people were kind,
so it was a really good experience.
I continue writing as a baito to pay my rent,
it was really convenient as it was something that I really enjoyed.
After one year, I had to find a job as I couldn't afford one more year
in the Japanese school, and thanks to the teacher great methods,
I made enough progress to be hire in a travel company.
I was (and I am still in a way) a travel consultant.
My job was to create travel (but no reservation nothing, just create itineraries)
for travel agents around the world
(my clients were not tourists,
but the travel agents who after may eventually send the trip to the tourists).
I liked this job as it has a writing part in it.
Also I was able to improve my English as I had to writing and communicate
in English and I learnt a lot of tourism in Japan.
At the same time, I continued writing for media.
New media contacted me since I started to write in 2016,
and I realized it was what I really enjoyed the most. Due to COVID-19,
the travel agency has closed most of its activities.
As a result, I only work for them 1 day per week.
To be honest, the situation was really difficult at the beginning,
but I feel better with that now.
Like this, I can work even more as a freelance journalist
and I even started new writing projects such as a book and articles for magazines.
I also don’t have the feeling to do double days
(because when I finished my 9h to18h day at the travel agency,
I work on my articles the night).
To be continued!
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