As our time in Japan winds to an end, I've been reflecting on the almost 3 years we have lived here. I moved here with an open mind, wanting to experience as much of the culture as possible. I am well aware of how special and unique this opportunity is and I didn't want to waste a single moment of it. Seriously you guys, how cool is it that I lived in Japan for 3 years?!? Even after 3 years there are times I still cannot believe this is my life. I feel like it's been a really long and detailed dream that I will wake up from one day (most likely on 11Aug when we board a plane to America). There are some people who HATE it here and I feel bad that they aren't happy but it infuriates me to see them waste this rare opportunity. Yes, living in the fish bowl that is Camp Zama has it's challenges but there are way worse places to live in the world.
In no particular order, here are some of the major highlights of our time here in Japan. A few of the places I hope to remember forever.
Kamakura (on several occasions)
Osaka (July 2012, probably my favorite city after Tokyo)
Kumamoto (June 2012)
Okinawa (May 2013)
Hiroshima (May 2013)
Kyoto (May 2013)
Ofunato (Aug, Sept & Oct 2011)
Ishinomaki (July & Nov 2012)
Tokyo (probably more than 100 times now)
Mt. Fuji (Aug 2012)
Nagano (January 2012)