January 5, 2015

Looking back at 2014

Last year was the year of “change” for me. There were three huge changes I made.

Got married

That was the biggest, and life-long change. I got married!


I decided to move from Japan to the States. It might not be a life-long change. I still like Japan, but I had been living in the small islands for almost 30 years. So It’s time to move on.

Being a foreigner is harder than I thought. A couple of my Japanese friends are living in foreign countries, especially in the Bay Area. Most of colleagues in my previous company (that’s the Japanese subsidiary of my current company) were foreigners. Therefore I thought it can be possible even for me.

Well, I have to admit that I underestimated the efforts they made!


I had been using iPhone, but I’d like to see the other side of the world. In addition to that, I’m working as a software engineer around “mobile” things. I had to learn Android, due to my profession.

I was considering Nexus 6 initially, but the device was expensive unlike the tradition of the Nexus series. In addition to that, it was huge.

Then I bought Moto X instead. To be honest, the Moto X is still a bit large. I hope the industry stops this bigger-is-better competition someday.

What’s the next?

According to Derek Sivers, I sholdn’t share my goals here, because I would be satisfied by just sharing good goals, instead of accomplishing them.

To be honest, I don’t have clear goals right now, but I won’t share them even when I come up with them.

(This article is orignally posted at Lang-8. Thanks Jen for the correction!)