I started this site to document our transition to the next phase of our life. Join us on this new journey…
So, what are we doing exactly?
My wife and I are moving; first to Torrance (about 15 mins away) and then to Kyoto, Japan.
Kyoto is a modern college town that was the capital of Japan for almost a thousand years. There is a lot of history there, along with many artists and traditional craftsmen. It’s an interesting mix of old and new. The plan is that we will also maintain a home here in Los Angeles, go back and forth, and travel to other places as well.
In case you hadn’t realized, I’ve been to Japan about 30 times and am decently fluent in Japanese. My wife is a Japanese citizen and has been a permanent American resident for 45 years.
It all started from casual discussions in recent years, of how it would be be nice to have a little flat in Japan that we could come back to during our visits – I started thinking, “when my small family inheritance comes in a few years time, perhaps we could afford a little place there.”
After the election, we started thinking more about, “what if our primary residence was in Japan and the little flat was here in Los Angeles?” The stories that friends told me about moving out of town into a more peaceful semi-retirement played a role in this too.
Many tourists from around the world visit Kyoto of course, but as I researched I was surprised to find out there are quite a few westerners who are long time residents of the city.
I put together some numbers and realized that we could actually buy a pretty nice place in Kyoto with the equity we’ve accumulated in our home in Hermosa Beach.
I’ve always defined wealth as, “having the time to do what you want and enough money in your pocket to do it with.” Most people only have one or the other, and many don’t have either. Now we have the opportunity to have both and be in a place that respects art, not only money.
So that’s it! We are not quite ready to retire, but we want to make our lives a lot more flexible than currently.
We should be mostly in Los Angeles for another year, then we plan to be more nomadic.