I applied, was hired, and moved to Himeji, Japan in March of 1988. I spent two years teaching at Hinomoto Gakuin (jr. college) in Koro. It was challenging. It was scary. I didn't know what was going on most of the time. It was one of the best decisions I've ever made.
The only contact I had with my family in Iowa was through a weekly phone call (which was always a challenge to coordinate, time-wise, since Japan is 12 or 13 (14?) hours ahead of the midwest, depending on whether the U.S. is IN daylight savings or not), or by writing letters. I kept track of my life through those journals.
a very young, very SKINNY me, circa 1988!!
Anyway...as I said, I tend to get Japansick every now and then. I haven't been back since my contract was completed in 1990. Recently, I pulled out one of my journals, and started reading about my adventures (or lack thereof...depending on the day). It was a blissful experience, and brought back a lot of really great memories.
Since only about THREE people read my blog, I've decided to transpose those journal entries into blog posts. Let's just say I'm "archiving them electronically", in case something happens to the printed journals. Where possible, I'm also going to scan photos from my TWELVE photo albums of those two years in Japan.
I think it will be an interesting (and nostalgic) endeavor. Feel free to read along with me...or...if somewhat ancient history isn't your thing, you are welcome to move on to another blog!
Here's hoping YOU have fond memories that you are able to "relive" too!!!