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Hi everyone! My name is Hanna and welcome to my blog, Hannatopia. I’m a Japanology student from Belgium and I’ve started this blog as a way to document my year abroad in Japan, and to express myself creatively. I’ve already returned to Belgium, but I will continue sharing about my journey and new adventures to come.

The title sounds a little bit rediculous, right? Well, as most of my friends and family know, there is a story behind it. It started out as a joke in my first year of uni. For Japanese “essay-writing” class we had to describe a real or imagined place, village, city, etc. And so Hannatopia was born. Soon I started using this “place” to express my opinions and visions about the world, as in “If I were to become leader of the world, I’d call it Hannatopia and things would be so and so.” This has become a running joke with my friends and boyfriend. Not long after that they would answer me with sentences like “Yeah, sure, that’s only possible in Hannatopia.”

I had known for a long time that I would start a blog to document my travels in Japan, but I had trouble comming up with a catchy title. I joked that I would just call it Hannatopia, and guess what? Everybody thought this was a great idea! Because it has been a running joke for such a long time, it would actually make sense to use that. And that’s why I stuck to Hannatopia.

Welcome to the little place on the internet that is my own!

On this blog you may expect beautiful pictures of my travels (I’ll do my best) and (hopefully) amazing stories about the culture, food, new people I meet, and alround my new experiences. I have a huge interest for fashion as well, so maybe there might pop up some fashion posts here and there.

I have studied Japanese and learned about the Japanese culture and history for three years, I’ve lived in Japan for about a year.

So sit back, relax, and follow me allong my journey.