I've arrived safe and sound in Japan and already I have accumulated a large yarn stash. The day I landed, my husband immediately took me to yarn shops so I could browse the selection of yarn. Also before arriving in Japan, I had ordered some yarn from an online Japanese yarn distributor so I could determine whether or not I liked the company and its yarn for my knitting projects and commissions (answer: yes, I do).
The transition of moving from the US to Japan has been a bit bumpy. Almost everything I've been used to has been flipped upside down (city to village, living with parents to living with husband, English to Japanese, you get the picture). But one thing that has helped my calm down and give me a sense of "home" has been knitting. I'm so glad I was able to pick this up as a hobby before I moved here or else my husband would be in for a rough time.
Shout out to my husband for helping me take these photos!