Wednesday, January 19, 2011

A Very Happy Japanniversary To Us!

Two years ago the kids and I left everything we have ever known and boarded an airplane bound for Osaka, Japan.  I remember while feeling scared, tearful, nervous, cautious, and apprehensive, I was also excited about the adventures that lied ahead.

I cannot believe how quickly time has gone. It seems like just yesterday we were getting on that plane. What an amazing two years it has been.

We have enjoyed traveling to locals areas, such as Osaka, Kyoto, Nara, Awaji and Himeji, and have ventured to other areas of Japan, such as Wakayama, Hiroshima, Miajima, Gifu, Nasa Forest, Tango Peninsula, and Hachi Kita.  We have seen beaches and mountains and have been skiing, whitewater rafting and camping. I have hiked 56 km in 13 hours and climbed Mt Fuji with my husband and older two children.  Two of our friends have been able to come and visit.

Matt & I in Arashiyama
Shirihama Beach

Jame came to visit!  Our night at the Hobgoblin
Tango Peninsula
Top of Mt Fuji
Skiing with the neighbors in Gifu
We have been very blessed to be able to travel within other areas of Asia as well –– Bangkok and Phuket in Thailand, Langkawi in Malaysia, Hong Kong, Bali, and North, Central and Southern Vietnam.
Bangkok, Thailand

Langkawi, Malaysia
Halong Bay, Vietnam

Phuket, Thailand
Ubud Rice Terrace -- Bali, Indonesia
We were told to look at every day as an adventure and I think we have. Not every day is easy. In fact, there are many days when you are so frustrated that you just want to lock yourself in a room and cry. But I do not regret for one moment taking this assignment. The past two years has had a huge impact on each and every one of us, and I know that we will someday return back to the states very different from when we had left.

I never thought I would love living in Japan as much as I do. I have fallen in love with the country, the people, the culture and even the food (well except for the sushi). I wish I was able to share everything I love so much here with all my family and friends (hint: Free room and board!).

We do not know when our time here is up. But one thing I do know is that I am going to embrace each and every day, because just as quickly as the past two years have gone by, before I know it will be time for us to move on to the next adventure. Where ever that may be.


Carey said...

Wow, I cant believe its been two years already. What an awesome adventure and great memories!

Kim said...

You guys really have experienced so much!! Thank you for sharing it with us. I love reading about it.

Mike said...

Wow - 2 years. Happy Japaniversary to you...Time does fly - hard to believe.

We miss Japan!

Kasdan Family

Alexis Jacobs said...

Thanks everyone! Yes the two years have gone by quickly. Too quickly!