It has been a wild ride...and it ended today.
A while back Emily turned in her resignation (broke her contract early) at Fukuoka High School. Today was her last day. A while back I told my anonymous little English school that I wouldn't be able to take the job. I never had a first day, so I didn't have a last day, either.
Our reasons for leaving Japan are both personal and professional.
And no, Emily is NOT pregnant.
We are moving to Saipan to seek our fortunes (and to get a great tan and eat loads of chicken kelaguin). Our train leaves Takaoka on Sunday at noon. We fly out of Nagoya on Monday night.
I'm really going to miss this place. I've only been here for 3 months, so even though I feel like I had the opportunity to experience a lot (see archives to see what I am talking about), I didn't get to:
- Climb Mt. Fuji
- Visit Tokyo Disneyland (or Tokyo DisneySea)
- See the largest and second largest bronze Buddha statues in Japan
- Visit an onsen (even though I have 3 tattoos)
- Visit a love hotel (I've still got 3 days!)
- Drive through the Tateyama Alpine Route
- Eat at a Yakiniku restaurant
- Watch the sakura blossom
- Visit Osaka or Kyoto
- Drink Sapporo in Sapporo
- Play pachinko
I don't want my readers (both of you) to think that all I care about are all of the things that I DID NOT do in Japan. I spent the last three months writing about all of the things that I DID do in Japan. I think I'm allowed to lament on the handful of things that I missed out on.
I guess I'll have to come back.
Edit: My friend Mik sent me the following picture of Saipan's location. It isn't exactly correct. I think that the company that made the map was trying to make Saipan look like a far-off, exotic destination. Saipan is isolated, but it is not THAT isolated.