Since James’ trip to Japan in 2010 as part of the WWOOF scheme, he has always been adamant about returning, meaning that if Jesse was to marry him she had no choice but to one day agree to make the move to the land of the rising sun.

We made the journey in August 2015 with a one-way ticket and a hope of making Japan our new home. Within a few months we found ourselves with visas and an apartment.

James is currently an English teacher for an international preschool while Jesse works at an English conversation cafe, both in the city of Fukuoka. We're not sure how long we'll be here or what is next for us. 

Follow us, Jesse & James Benstead, as we discover what Japan has to offer.