Goodbye from Jake, CIR in Seika 精華町国際交流員ジェーク氏の退任の挨拶

Hey everyone!  I’m Jake, the CIR in Seika Town and this will be my final post on the Tabunka blog.

Jake last2Over the past two years I have met new people, tried new things and learned stuff about myself that I wouldn’t have if I had worked anywhere else.  I had a great time working in Seika and I am excited for the CIR who will be coming in August to take my place.

Seika is a beautiful town with warm, friendly people.  In the mornings when I walked to work, I would be greeted by all the little old ladies walking their dogs calling out “Good morning!” and in the evenings I would get a “Welcome home!” from the people tending their gardens and rice fields.  Sometimes, the kids from the nearby elementary school and junior high school would walk back with me or if they were feeling really brave try calling out to me in English.  It really made me feel like part of the community these past two years.

Jake last4Working as a CIR was also a wonderful experience and I had the opportunity to make some great friends and do some things that I never would have expected to do.  I remember barely even being there a month and been asked to visit Kameoka to dance in front of kids!  Every day I was doing something new and thanks to all of that I believe that I really grew as a person.

For the next couple of years, I plan to live here in Japan so I am sure I will be back to visit often, but even if I move away from Japan I know that I will always be able to come back to Seika!

Thanks for reading everyone! And make sure to watch for articles from my successor!

皆さん、こんにちは!精華町の国際交流員、ジェイクです。これは私の最後の投稿です。

Jake lastこの2年間、私は新しい人と出会って、やったことないことをいっぱいやってみて、そして他の職場だとわからなかったであろう自分のことについて分かりました。私は精華町で働くのをとても楽しんでいて、次の国際交流員のが精華町がその同じことを経験できるのをとても嬉しく思っています。

精華町はとても綺麗な町で、町民が暖かくて、優しい人です。毎朝、通勤している時に犬と散歩しているおばあちゃんたちに「おはようございます!」と声かけられて、夜に家に帰っている時に庭や田んぼで働いている人が「お帰り!」といつも言ってくれました。たまに近くの小学校と中学校に行っている子どもたちが一緒に歩いてくれて、勇気があれば頑張って英語でしゃべろうとしました。本当にこのコミュニティーの一員だと感じました。

Jake last3国際交流員として働くのもとてもいい経験で、いい友達もたくさんいっぱいできて、いつもやらないと思っていたことをいきなり仕事で体験しました。そうといえば任期の一カ月もたってなかった時に亀岡市に行って子どもの前で踊るイベントに参加したことを思い出します!毎日は新しいことをやっていたからそのおかげで本当に成長したと思います。

これからの数年間は日本で住むつもりからよく遊びにくるつもりですが、将来日本から離れることになってもいつでも精華町に戻ってくるでしょう!

今まで読んでくれてありがとうございます。また次の精華町の国際交流員の投稿を楽しみにしていてください。

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One Response to Goodbye from Jake, CIR in Seika 精華町国際交流員ジェーク氏の退任の挨拶

  1. Kaori Kumashiro says:

    Hi, Jake-san. I joined in several activities like Halloween, dancing party! Even though there aren’t many people, I could tell you guyes enjoyed operating each one of those. I learned a lot from you and your attitude. Thanks for coming here and doing a lot of things. I have two little kids and couldn’t make it to listen to your evening lectures, which I wish I could have. Thank you very much for everything. Good bye for now and I wish I could see you somewhere in the future!

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