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