I am new to the forum as a member but I have been reading through the posts for some time now.
You folks have some really interesting things going on in here.
For about 3 years now I have been living in Hiroshima. The city is beautiful and if you have any interest at all in traveling to Japan I highly recommend coming for a visit.
One of the first things that Japanese people ask me is why I came here (always preceded by “Where are you from?” and “Do you like Japanese food?”). Today, I am not entirely sure.
“I am not entirely sure” is hardly a satisfactory answer when forging new connections. I usually blather about being interested in Japanese history or culture, an answer which at least contains a grain of truth to it.
As the Japanese say “Yoroshiku Onegashimasu”.