Friday, August 6, 2010


Gosh, that title was kind of weird to write!

But yep, the time has come.

As I said in my sayonara speech to City Hall folks, it's been a great two years.

I'll miss the good friends I've made here -- both Japanese friends and other ALTs.
I'll miss living near the ocean and driving along side it.
I'll miss the fresh sushi and other seafood.
I'll miss hearing the shouts of "Dana Sensei!" as I walk down the street.

This list could go on, but the bottom line is...

I will miss Japan.

Of course there are things I won't miss, too. (Like little kids looking at me sometimes like I'm an alien, or the challenge of simple tasks due to the language barrier, or the lack of central heating in the winter and air conditioning in the summer.)

But overall, I have a wonderful experience here, and Japan--its people and its culture--will always have a special place in my heart.

It's been delightful sharing my Japanese life with my family sine Wednesday afternoon. They have been extremely busy, and I've worn them out by doing lots of: walking around Kuji, trying different foods, shopping, and meeting people. Mom and Deanne got to try on kimonos yesterday afternoon while Dad and Devon went to the beach. They've enjoyed their time here, just as I have.

Even though I've been saying goodbyes for the last few weeks, it still seems like today has come quickly! I'd like to leave Kuji by going out with a bang! So here are some photos I took of setting off fireworks with friends last week...
Goodbye, Kuji.

Or as my students always said...

"Seeeeee youuuuu!"


Lauren said...

I was wondering when you were going to write your last blog from Japan. I am very sad that you are leaving even though that means you are coming back to the states, at least for a little while! I wish you the best in all you do. I will be thinking of you! Hope to see you soon!!!!

bryan said...

Hey Dana,

I've really enjoyed reading your blog over the past year and wish you all the best with whatever you do next.

I have found your blogs from Kuji insightful, and hope I can learn from your experiences when applying for JET this year.

Looking forward to hearing of your next adventure.