In Chicago, my favorite time of year was probably Fall, a season I always associated with bright colors on trees and new beginnings. I always looked forward to the new school year and often thought about goals and the person I wanted to become at the end of the school term.
Now that I am no longer in school and live in Japan, my favorite season is Spring (春). It has been a challenging and tough few months for everyone in Japan, so the blue skies and sakura (cherry blossoms) of Spring have been a welcome sight. Like all the seasons in Japan, Spring is welcomed with festivals, parties and an appreciation for life.
On a personal note, these past few months have been busy and in some ways I feel like I have become a new person. I have been in Japan for almost one year, and I feel like I have experienced and felt so much in such a short period of time. This Spring, I started a new term with new students, competed in my first 5K and have been helping promote a local Charity Show JET members in Toyama are performing in July. Here are some of my favorite iPhone pictures of Spring. The rainy season is about to begin, so I won’t be seeing too many blue skies in the next few weeks.