If you want to keep friends and family up to date on your new life abroad, start a blog.

After spending her post-college life bouncing from country to country before moving to Shikoku in 2020, Canada-born Kana Lauren Chan knew this routine well.

“I had blogs in the past ... they close with every new iteration and move in my life,” she tells The Japan Times from her home in Kamikatsu, Tokushima Prefecture. Though the sentiment remains, Chan admits the medium has changed. “I thought a newsletter would be a little easier to access, going to your email directly.”