As a writer, life in Tokyo feels like exile since there is not much in the way of a writing community, or writing culture, of the type one might find in an English-language urban environment. Of course, many native English speakers live here, and many of these teach English in some capacity. I imagine that many of these individuals do write, but if there is any kind of writing community here, I’ve yet to find it.
I must confess that I have not tried all that hard, and the problem, if there is, in fact, a ‘problem’, may simply be one of logistics. Tokyo is large, transportation is not all that cheap, and everyone, particularly those teaching English, works absurdly irregular hours. In my case, I start at 8 am and usually finish around 9 pm, but have large blocks of free time in between. This is a new schedule for me and should provide plenty of time to write.
We’ll see how it goes.