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Serena’s Story

The purpose of this blog is to document the journey to adoption and I suppose a part of that journey is what led Shu and myself here. 

My introduction to Japan is not so different from many people’s. I loved anime growing up and Sailor Moon especially was—and still is—incredibly important to me as a person. 

I grew up all over the world with no one place to call home. From being born in California to moving to Ohio, England, Florida, and Georgia, I settled on the idea that Japan would become the place I’d been searching for. The place I wanted to be and could be “home”. 

And so, with that goal in mind, I went through my teenage and university years studying and preparing for a life in Japan. 

On June 13, 2008, I made it. My new life in Japan began and, despite the rocky start, I fell in love with this country. 

What was supposed to be a one-year adventure turned into two, then five; as of this post, I’ve been in Japan for 13 years. 

In 2011, after leaving Ibaraki Prefecture due to the Tohoku Earthquake and injury I suffered, I moved to Kanagawa. That’s where I met Shu and my adventure became our adventure. 

Obviously, there are many details missing from this account. That is by design. I was never very in love with who I was growing up; thankfully, with support from friends and Shu though, I’ve grown into a person that younger me would be proud of and perhaps surprised at becoming. 

I’m very happy with where I am and who I am.

P.S. If you’d like to support our adoption of the chosen one, we will have some folk crafts to sell shortly! Stay tuned!!


Published by serenawogawa

Serena Wyndelin Ogawa lives in Tokyo, Japan with her husband and two cats. After emigrating from the USA in 2008 she toured Japan as an English teacher before finally deciding writing was what she liked best. Her days are spent writing and reading and loving her family and friends!

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