Yes, it’s true.
Here at Wandering Souldier, I’m starting a new chapter that aligns with this new life I’ve begun to build in Japan and the travels that extend from said life. I have a new nest and my home on the internet should reflect that as well. So I just wanted to say a quick hello and give a short introduction to Wandering Souldier’s new name. There will be a lot of new content over the coming months, but for today, I’m going to keep it short and sweet so let’s get to it.
What’s in a Name?
First of all, everything around here will remain the same. I’ll just be writing and social media-ing under a new name, and you’ll still be able to access this site via wanderingsouldier.com as well as sushiyamatravels.com. Now, about the name. “Sushiyama” is a play off of my last name, Sugiyama. What can I say? I’m a sucker for “punny” words, but most importantly, it is the intersection of the four things I love most: food, travel, mountains (yama is mountain in Japanese), and Japan. Much more fitting, I think, for the lifestyle and travel style I’m currently living.
To be honest, there is still a lingering pang of sadness that I won’t be Wandering Souldier anymore, but I’ve been overdue for a name change. Accompanying the name WS frequently came the question of whether or not I’ve served time in the military. The short answer is no, but the name took some explanation that soldier was actually spelled souldier. “I’m just a wandering soul, a wandering being who loves to travel,” I’d say, and the more I kept giving the same answer, the more I began to feel like WS didn’t represent me and my travels appropriately anymore. It was a great name for the start of this journey where I set off, aimlessly wandering the destinations I visited and discovering what traveling was all about. Now that I’ve found my footing, however, I’m more particular about how I spend my time when I travel. Sushiyama Travels is a lighthearted name that represents how I use curiosity and appetite as my compass. And maybe now people will start calling me Kimi Sushiyama. These are what dreams are made of.
In the spirt of a new name and a new chapter, this month I’m doing a challenge called “Somewhere New Saturday.” Every Saturday, I will be visiting somewhere in Japan I haven’t been before. The places I’ll visit range from weekend trips to faraway places (sounds magical, right?) to day trips exploring local spots I haven’t yet discovered. Admittedly, I’ve been a hermit this past winter. Now that spring has arrived, it’s time to start venturing further out beyond the borders of the small town I live in, and you’re invited! Using the hashtag #SomewhereNewSaturday, you can follow along on Instagram for trip updates. Here’s a look at where we’re headed…
- March 21 → Arita
- March 28 → Sasebo
- April 4 → Nagasaki Tateyama Park (cherry blossoms!)
- April 11-12 → Kumamoto
- April 18-19 → Fukuoka
- April 25 → Isahaya/Omura
- May 2-6 → Okinawa
One last thing. If you haven’t yet, sign up for my newsletter, SYT Dispatch. Next edition goes out on April 29. In the spring edition, you’ll find…
- Details on my upcoming travel plans
- Photos abound of cherry blossoms
- Exclusive updates from my #SomewhereNewSaturday trips
- Information on my new photo e-book
- Why I’m moving to Tokyo
- Links I loved from around the web
- Get a free copy of my first photo e-book, Snapshots from Around the World
That’s all for now. When you get a moment, do share with me some signs of spring in your hometown as well as what’s in store for you this season.
Welcome to Sushiyama Travels. Happy trails!