Its time for some update :)

It has been a bizzi time for me so i haven’t had the time to telling you all how my Restaurang is doing. But i am doing good, i found several suppliers for Småkaka. And i went to Naha on a course in how to run a Restaurant in Japan after that i got my license. Next step is to get the Restaurant approved and this week i had a visit from the Health department and i need to adjust a few things . So if everything goes my way i guess i will have the grand opening at middle of april 🙂
To do list

Finish the counter
Look at a goat, i might be able to buy it
Build 2 benches of the pine tree wood i found (pictures will come)
Fix my well so i can get water to my minifarm.

Well that’s about it and i will try to update a bit more…

And some more pictures over Kumejima




Concrete all over the place

The guest toilet is starting to take shape , today was a concrete car and deliver concrete for walls and ceiling to the toilet. Tomorrow, the carpenter will come and lay floors and build a counter .
It seems that it is about two weeks to go before everything is completed.

The best thing is that i found a meat supplier on the island so i ordered some brisket for friday and i will see how the quality will be. 
I will smoke it and also make some long baked steaks in the oven. Maybe some barbeque and pulled cow i will get back with some pictures i hope it will be good meat.  2016-02-10 18.11.14

And some beautiful pictures from Kumejima as a contrast to the toilet picture...  from my friend Tommy. 


Cards in da House

Yesterday was a day that consisted of great success , thanks to Oliver came here , we managed to do 6 of 6 tasks. First we went to Kumejima City Hall began to register as a resident of the island . I am now written in Japan and my new personal numbers will come next week .
I got a new card, now we're up to two, the next task was to sign up for insurance , it went great I paid 2200 yen (about 170 sec ) and got another card . And now I only pay 30 % if I am ill and need medical attention. I also got a bonus card that Kumejima Hall distributes to those Islanders . This gives me discounts on air travel and ferry, now I have four new cards ...
The next task was to register my company on Kume , it took 10 minutes and one paper very smoothly. Now Småkaka Cafe is a company and I need two more parts before I can open . One is to finish building the restaurant and toilet. The second is to attend an information meeting of the environment and health . It gives me license to serve liquor, and all sorts of food . It is approaching the end of the preparation and looks very bright 🙂 The last thing we did was to create a bank account for me , I got another card and a bank book, in Japan they still use bankbooks interesting.
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Okinawa and back

I took the flight to Okinawa , and 30 minutes later I landed . The Japanese Migration Board 4.5 hours later I got my Residence Card 🙂 Down to the 2nd floor at legal department , unfortunately, I failed to make myself understood . The road to the monorail and taxi to the tax office was the next step. Where I managed to fill in an application for the single person company success… Two of the three tasks completed and the flight home went well a very good day.

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New year and a lot more

A month has passed and I've had great fun , celebrated the New Year in Hokkaido went skiing in an incredibly snowy Niseko . Now I am on location in Kume and seriousness has begun.
Visas for running a business came in last week and tomorrow I will go to the immigration office and get it in my passport. I'm so happy now is the hardest part done .

2 Days left

Well time flies fast when you have fun, and my christmas were fun and packing my 2 suitcases is also fun 🙂
Imagine packing your life in 2×23 kg it’s a bit of mental training and planning. But i hope i manage to get the most important.
So the day has come when i move to Japan it will be such an adventure and i love it.
But first i will celebrate my new year in Hokkaido and testing the japanese snow with my brother and family. And the New Year’s dinner will be in my sons wife’s family, traditional Japanese New Year. So in one week i will go from Sweden to the top of Japan and then to the bottom 🙂


Leaving Sweden soon



26 more days then i will be here and hopefully i can start working with my restaurant.
My paper is still at the migration office in Japan iam waiting for a decision and hopefully i will have a yes or no before december ends keeping my fingers crossed…

Show my stuff

During my five weeks of vacation , I had the privilege of attending an event . Småkaka had the opportunity to have a sales stall. We wanted to test the Nordic food, and it was a success . Meatballs , cinnamon buns, gravlax and blueberries and rosehip soup was on the menu .
The menus did Miho and during the festival worked Yuki Mori as a guide . We needed to get the Japanese to dare to come forward. We are attracted by giving out pieces of cinnamon bun and it worked perfectly. Day two we had sold out of all our food after two hours. It was great fun and I long to prepare and test more Nordic food.
Festival on Kumejima
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Handy handy men

And ofc i needed to get gas, electricity and water into my house. I was a bit worried about all that because in Sweden that will never work at the first try, and you need to fill in a lot of paper and then when the company have time to pop over they will. That pop over can be in one week time so i was prepared for the worst.But this is Japan so 🙂 this is how it works over here… Miho and i went to city hall talked to 1 person , pointed out my house on a map and voila here they come one after another. japan 2015 034 japan 2015 028

In less the an hour i had it all,gas, electricity and water such a efficiency. And at the same time a bunch of neighbors came by and said hello and welcome me to the Island. Tomodachi is the name in Japanese for friend and i had a lot of new Tomodachi these first days 🙂

japan 2015 025    japan 2015 037If you are surprised over the exceptional straight rows of my vegetables, i can tell you the truth it wasn’t me. It was Mihos mother who made that fantastic rows and planted everything , she is a professional and my skill for making straight rows is very limited. I really need to train on that. And these small trees is still standing after 3 tyfons so good planting Kimiyo Yoneta. And my neighbor that took care of the garden when i were  back in sweden thanks a lot 饒平名 たみ             japan 2015 070

Love at first sight

In march 2015 my first trip to Kume Island to actually look at the house i bought. And what could i say i love it, of course there was a big need of reparation and rebuilding. But i have been building houses before 🙂

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I was lucky my son Oliver and his wife Miho had time to join me and also an extra bonus Mihos parents had a week free. So we started to take down walls, floor roof and all the areas that was infested with termites. We bought wood and rebuild it room by room… hard and very fun work
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Then we had the garden or should i say lack of garden. Deep down there was something we know it. Miho`s dad got the earth usable again and my garden looked like a little farm.

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The weeks went on and all of a sudden 3 weeks were gone and my house was half done.
And today i applied for my Visa and from now i need to keep my fingers crossed until i get a yes or no.