Dr Stephen Dixon travelled to Tokyo, Japan where he planned to continue his study of Japanese for a year before returning to Melbourne. The plan was simple - spend one year in Japan, make some money, finish a Japanese course at Monash course and then return to teaching in a primary school in inner-city Melbourne. That was close to thirty years ago and while things didn't go according to plan, they turned out much better than he could have expected and the experience in Japan has had a profound impact on his understanding and appreciation of culture and diversity, and interest in many major events that have shaped Japan in recent history. Stephen’s experience has, during the course of 30 years, been at times funny and on a few occasions, including the days after the Tohoku earthquake, tsunami and impending nuclear disaster, more than a little discomforting… but he happily remains in Japan and welcomes the opportunity to share stories of his experience..