Sunday, August 24, 2008


On Friday night we had another family come to stay that was very similar to us in many, many ways. Firstly the husband came to Japan in 1996 as part of the JET scheme (a government run programme which places English teachers in schools all over Japan). I also came to Japan as part of the JET scheme in 1996. Although he only participated in the programme for one year he stayed on in Japan and met a Japanese lady, whom he married. They are now raising their daughter in America bilingually and they have just been here in Japan for 3 months to give her some extra Japanese - again it sounds very familiar (for those of you that don't know we did the same thing this year - going back to New Zealand for 3 months).
They were down this way because he is an anthropologist and is very interested in the history of this area. I'm hoping that we will be able to swap notes a bit later on and make a reasonable English brochure etc. about this area. Speaking of English... I have made a rough translation of our Japanese website so if anyone is interested in checking it out the address is: Then just click on the "English" button. I haven't had time to think too much about the content yet, but just for a taste....

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