Japan Progress » First Impressions; Getting Settled; Startup Visa Progress; and Buying an Akiya!

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Friends, it’s been a while! The first ten weeks of our time in Japan have flown by, and while we’re still in the middle of a very lengthy process working towards residency visas, we have a lot of fun little updates. I’d like to share our first impressions of Omishima, how we’re settling in, where we’re at with the Startup Visa process, also just a little bit about the first “akiya” abandoned house we’re buying (!!!).

Japan has an estimated 8.5 million akiya (abandoned homes), and we’re in the process of buying this one, prior to receiving our residency status. We currently intend to renovate this house into a guesthouse rental, while we restore a second nearby akiya for our own homestead, and restore nearby farmland that’s been sitting unused for over a decade. We’re in the process of applying for a Startup Visa, which will then allow us to apply for Business Manager Visa, and essentially sponsor our own residency in Japan. I’m documenting literally everything, with photography, as well as our rough attempts at learning to incorporate video. Please stick with me through this learning process! In the meantime, if you’re curious about looking behind-the-scenes, I’m sharing pretty much daily updates on our Benton Homestead “stories” on social media.

Full Blog “Our First Six Weeks Living in Japan”:
https://bentonhomestead.com/archives/1408

Full Blog: “What We’re Looking For in Mexico or Japan”:
https://bentonhomestead.com/archives/564

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