My name is Jake and I’m from Australia. I’ve been in Japan and working at Nova for just over one year now and have been enjoying my time greatly. (Even with this ongoing pandemic.)
The best experience I had from my first year in Japan was my recent trip to Onomichi. I chose to visit Onomichi because I love watching movies and it is the hometown of my favourite Japanese filmmaker Obayashi Nobuhiko, who made many of his movies there. I had an enjoyable time walking around the city seeing where some of my favourite movies were filmed. It was interesting seeing both the similarities and differences in the locations between now and when the movies were made.
While I was there I also rented a bicycle and rode along part of the Shimanami Kaido and around the islands in the area. It was the first time I had ridden a bicycle in almost 20 years so I found it very difficult, but it was a great day with beautiful scenery so it was well worth it.
I hope my second year in Japan will be as good as my first. I look forward to seeing all the wonderful students again as well as meeting many new ones.