Shimane, Japan
My name is Melissa and I am a 22 year old American living in rural Japan. I graduated with a degree in International Studies and Japanese Language and now work as an ALT (assistant language teacher) through the JET Program.
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The Plan

This is my general "to do list" or at least the things I can think of off the top of my head!

In no particular order:

  • Go to an HSD reunion 
  • Visit my old host family in Yokohama 
  • Visit Chika (my best friend in Tokyo)
  • Visit Hiroshima and not feel rushed this time
  • Get a sweet Japanese cell phone
  • Get an adorable haircut in a Japanese salon
  • Get my nails done Japanese style with the glitter/charms etc. 
  • Attend a Sumo match 
  • Attend Kabuki Theatre
  • Attend a Jrock/Jpop concert (already have tickets to see the GazettE on Oct. 11th with Arisa!! so check!) 
  • Attend Yuki Matsuri (Snow festival) in Sapporo 
  • Dress up as a Geisha for the day in Kyoto (Can't wait Yurie)
  • Climb Mt. Fuji (or at least see it this time)
  • Eat sushi at a Kaitenzushi (conveyor belt sushi)
  • Eat Udon in Kagawa
  • Eat something and not know what it is
  • Learn to cook a Japanese meal
  • See an English moving with Japanese voice over
  • Learn to ride a bike? (this is more of a necessity)
  • Learn to understand Kansai dialect 
  • Learn a Japanese hobby
  • Speak only Japanese for whole conversations
  • Enjoy myself regardless of a list :)