Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Winter Hiking in Yamagata

My friend Anna and I are pretty outdoors-y people, so even though it's been snowing regularly here in Tohoku the past couple months, our cabin fever drove us out to the mountains two weeks ago. In our ignorance, we thought it might be possible to do the little canyon trail that leads from Omoshiroyama mountain to the small town of Yamadera in Yamagata. Our first clue that this was ridiculous came from the shocked and concerned faces of our Japanese passengers on the train when we got off at the Omoshiroyama station out in the boonies. Clearly everyone was expecting to see us on the news the following night with the headlines, "Crazy Foreigners Disappear in Japanese Wilderness."

Their concern may have been well-founded.

Sunday, February 19, 2012


I'm sorry to say that the crazy workload, traveling for the holidays and life in general basically destroyed my will to blog these past few months. But better late than never to get back into it again, right? First of all, some very important and exciting news!

As of this March, it will have been two years since I came to Sendai. It has been an absolutely amazing, crazy, unforgettable experience. My contract with my school will soon be coming to an end, and I will be starting a new job as of March 21st. The new job will be as an English teacher for a kindergarten in Chiba and I will be living in Tokyo near the Ueno area. I am so excited about moving and starting a new job; living in Tokyo will give me a wide variety of new places to explore in and around the city and will make it a little easier to travel during my last year in Japan.