Hi everyone! My name is Hanna and I am a 24 year old vegetarian pizza addict living her best life in Tokyo.
The name of my website sounds a little bit rediculous, doesn’t it? Well, as most people in my close circle 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 family. 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 website to document my life in Japan, but I had trouble coming 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 how I stuck to Hannatopia.
Through this blog, I want to share with you little snippets of my life as an expat living in Tokyo.
So sit back, relax, and follow me allong my journey.