It’s finally happening! After graduating from Michigan State University with two degrees and three specializations, I have happily accepted a position as an English Instructor for Nichii Gakkan (ニチイ学館) and will be tentatively starting my training in Tokyo on October 4th, 2015. From there I’ll start working in Tokushima Prefecture on October 12th, the day after my 22nd birthday. Though I’ve never been to any other islands of Japan besides Honshu, I’m really excited to start working in this aqua-metropolis city that is historic and famous for its whirlpools and festivals.
What’s there to do in Tokushima, you ask? From the information that the company has sent me, there are a lot of things to do! Most prominent, there is the Awa Odori dance festival that occurs every year in August during Obon season where spectators and dancers gather to celebrate classic dances of the past. There are also the Naruto whirlpools that can be seen from taking a ferry or standing on a bridge. The Yoshino river flows to the north of the Shikoku mountains. As for food, buckwheat-based soups and noodle dishes are pretty famous as well as Ayu Sweetfish and a variety of seaweed since Tokushima is right on the coast. The climate is subtropical with an average temperature of 60 degrees according to Japan Weatherbase. I am greatly looking forward to this because I am from Michigan where typically there is heavy snowfall and sub-degree weather in the winter. Historically, the Hachisuka Clan reigned over the Tokushima Castle and it has been established for nearly 300 years.
I am very excited to start my journey here and learn more about the culture and history of the city! I look forward to meeting new faces and taking my own pictures while blogging about my travels. Stay tuned to my blog for more information on Tokushima, Japan!