Hello from Japan! We are alive and well and settled into our apartment! We live in Nobeoka in a small, adorable community surrounded by rice paddy fields and rivers in the shadow of giant mountains that we are eagerly awaiting to climb. If your impression of Japan is the busy streets of Tokyo and the eclectic fashion scene of Hirajuku, well this place is far from your expectations. Nobeoka is a quiet city (except for the obnoxious giant cicada mating calls), inhabited by factory workers, fishermen, small families, surfers and the occasional monkey or wild boar. We have also come across several crabs that come up from the river banks while bike riding along the river paths through town.
|Our community is beautful|
Our apartment is old but perfect. We have everything we need and more. We were blessed with amazing predecessors who made sure we were taken care of upon our arrival, supplying us with furnishing and essentials which has made the transition so much easier. Thank you Taryn and Mark!
|She’s a beaut|
We also have a car and drive on the left side of the road like champs. With a few questionable lane changes and turns, we have managed to almost get the hang of it. Almost. We will continue to ride our bikes as much as possible until we absolutely have to save ourselves from the cold winter weather.
Travelling on this side of the world is also one of our main priorities. While we are here in Japan, we hope to travel within Japan and venture off to the nearby countries. That being said, we have booked our flight to South Korea! And now are in the process of mapping out our trip. We have a couple things that we know we want to do, like eat Korean BBQ and visit the DMZ. Other than that, we are up for anything.
|Jon planning our trip to Korea|
As we write this, we have just returned from our last training in Miyazaki City. While in Miyazaki, we met more wonderful JETs from America and South Africa. Since Miyazaki is much larger than Nobeoka, we took advantage of the big city life and experienced a Karaoke bar for the first time. What a hoot. No one does karaoke like the Japanese.