Alan running in the Yokohama Marathon

My name is Alan Watchorn and I use this blog as a way to process my thoughts. I’m from Ireland but I have been living in Japan since July 16, 2001. I lived in Yokohama for about 10 years and have been living in Okinawa since February 2012. I am a permanent resident of Japan.


I have a t-shirt website (The Shirt List) where I promote t-shirts and interview artists. It is updated daily so please check it out.


I like to run. I started because running because going to the gym was a bit of a hassle. With running I am able to put on my running gear, go out the door and start.

I started running when I was in Yokohama but it was a bit of a false start. I started tracking my runs with Nike+ in July 2009 but due to a knee injury my running was intermittent until moving to Okinawa. I have been fairly consistent with my running September 2013.


When I first came to Japan I studied regularly and had many opportunities to use what I learned. I took the the Japanese Proficiency Test Level 2 four times and passed it on the fourth attempt. That was about 10 years ago. After that I pretty much stopped studying which was a big mistake. I don’t have much time these days but I study occasionally.

If these topics interest you follow my blog and let’s learn together.

Thanks for reading!

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