Hello everyone!

For those of you living in colder climates, are you getting through the winter unscathed? Here in Fukuoka, the signs of spring are already revealing themselves. The plum blossoms, which are a precursor to the coming of spring (and the cherry blossom season), are already blooming, and this morning, the air is warmer and a bit humid from the morning showers. It reminds me of an April morning back in New England. Speaking of New England, I’ve heard it’s completely buried in snow, and is experiencing frigid temperatures…I wonder if there will still be snow when I visit at the end of next March?

Taku and I have been extraordinarily busy at work, but have still managed to spend time together on the weekends. In Japan, workplaces and schools run according to the government’s fiscal year, from the first of April though the end of March. Consequently, this is probably the busiest time of the year, as everyone’s either finishing the current year’s work or preparing for the next year. As I work at a high school, I can expect to participate in the pageantry of the graduation ceremony, end of the school year ceremony, and the graduation celebration “drinking party” with my coworkers, which is less of a party and actually just another ceremony, only with more alcohol.

Since I’m on the topic of my job, I suppose now would be a good time to mention that I’m actually set to end my current job this summer and begin some new endeavors in Fukuoka City. At the moment, I’m living in a “city”, but in reality, it’s still the countryside. There are two benefits to moving. The first is that I will be able to move right into Taku’s neighborhood, so we will probably be a five to ten minute walk apart rather than a seventy-minute train ride. The second is that I will be in a modern and international city with more opportunities for work, as well as interesting events and a broader variety of people to interact with.

When I arrived in Japan two and a half years ago, I already had the urge to move to the city, and meeting Taku last year gave me the extra motivation I needed to set my goals for the future and take action to make them a reality. I’m really looking forward to the summer, but for the time being, I’m going to try to stay focused on the matters at hand, as I still have five more months before I actually move there. I can’t help but be excited though!

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