The closer it comes, the more surreal it feels. in twelve days I will board a plane, fly over the Pacific Ocean, and land in Japan. I will travel outside of the United States for the first time in my life (besides that one trip to Vancouver). for nine weeks I will reside in a whole new land!
But when I mention my trip, people always ask: “what will you DO in Japan for two whole months?!”
The plain answer is: I will be living my dream. I will be exploring new places, meeting new people, and learning about new ideas.
For the first week, I will be visiting my best friend and her family down in the islands. it will be typhoon season, but I hope that the sky gods will bless me with good fortune and I will not be drenched in rain the entire time.
Then for a couple 10-day periods I will be volunteering at organic farms through WWOOF Japan. This is something I’ve wanted to do for a long time, and I hope to do it elsewhere around the world in the future!
Between my farming trips and island excursion, I will be staying with my friend Sachie whom I met earlier this year. She was an exchange student at my college and is a really great friend! Her mother offered for me to stay with them during my trip and I am SO INCREDIBLY grateful. without their help, I might not have been able to make this trip happen.
While I’m in Japan, I don’t really want to do the typical touristy things. I want to explore the real-life down-to-earth Japanese culture. I plan to:
1. meet people
2. talk to people
3. photograph these people and their work / places / activities
4. share my findings on this blog (and make a book????)
I consider this the study abroad trip that I never got to do in college. now I get to do it on my own terms (…and my own wallet).
Also, I will be celebrating my 25th (my Golden Birthday) in Japan!! I am super excited and look forward to sharing my adventure with everyone