I am a researcher in bionanotechnology currently living and working in Tokyo. I moved out here four and a half years ago, against my better judgement but in search of adventure. It has certainly been an adventure and not one I would have missed for the world, but now I am preparing to head back to the UK where I will be retraining as a designer.
This blog used to just be for opinionated rambling. Now it is for updates as I pay forward people's support for my attempts to retrain with random acts of kindness... and indulge in opinionated rambling.
All the artwork by Nell on this site is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales License.
Author Archives: Nell
It’s patently obvious that I haven’t been writing about my RAoKs lately, but the good news is, I have still been doing them. Not at the rate I’d hoped, but they are occurring. #7: I stand up to let allow … Continue reading
The other day, whilst loitering next to a student noticeboard with a friend, we were asked by someone for a pen. Lightning fast, I went for my bag, but too slow! My friend got to hers first. So close >< … Continue reading
The last time I wrote one of these was seven and half weeks ago, and what a seven and a half weeks! It was just two days before I moved out of my old apartment in Tokyo into the temporary … Continue reading
With nearly 4 million passengers passing through per day, Shinjuku station is by far the busiest transport hub in the world. Not only is it busy, it is also huge. The station serves 12 lines and has 36 platforms, but … Continue reading
**Wondering what this “RAoK” malarky is all about? Click here** I went hiking at the weekend through the gorgeous forest that surrounds Lake Chuzenji in Nikko: it’s a pretty fabulous place to go and escape the swelter of a Tokyo … Continue reading
**Wondering what this “RAoK” malarky is all about? Click here** Second Harvest Japan (2hj) is a food bank. They take food donated by organisations and individuals and distribute it to those in need around Japan. Last Saturday I volunteered on their … Continue reading
**Wondering what this “RAoK” malarky is all about? Click here** I’ve been really touched by the positive response to my fundraising efforts and am off to a great start (only 10 days in, and already I have raised almost £1000!). … Continue reading
Welcome to my blog giving some background information about my gofundme page, where I am raising money to cover the fees for a design masters. I have pledged to pay forwards every donation I receive with a random act of kindness … Continue reading
In three short months I shall be reversing my bearhunt and heading the 6000 miles back to the UK. If not for good, then certainly for the foreseeable future. Before leaving I wanted to visit Tohoku one last time, to … Continue reading