On day 5 I woke up, replied to some emails, released Episode 5 of Road to Fuji, had some iMessage conversations and napped a bit longer. We all got up around 630a re-organized our bags for checkout, ate breakfast at Starbucks and headed toward Kyoto to the Obubu Tea Farm which is in Wazuka, Japan. To be honest no one knew what to expect but this was an idea created by Rupert. We road from Osaka to Kyoto, took a local train, bus and walked before we reached our destination around 11am. From the time we entered to the time as left our host Manchu and his interns showed us nothing but hospitality. We tried 10 different teas that opened my eyes to teas outside of the usual strong bitter traditional Japanese tea. We ate tea cake and even had green tea noodles for lunch. We drove up 2 mountains to see and feel the tea fields. Although the tour was only to supposed to take 4 hours we spent an extra 2 hours learning more about tea, telling stories and buying tea. Monchu even gave us a ride back to Kyoto station which was about an hour and a half away. We talked to Manchu about Japan, his family, his business and life. We were sad leaving the farm, but even sadder to leave Manchu. Obubu has a website Facebook twitter and YouTube where you can watch the tea cultivating process!
We boarded a bullet train from Kyoto to Nagoya ate, checked in, debriefed about the day and slept.
Everything I’m not made me everything I am. Well it’s been about a month at my new position and I’m still happy. Things are pretty slow since students are now on Winter Vacation, but it has given me time to learn concepts and understand things before the real fun starts in January. Some big things are coming my way this Winter. My goal is to start a new gym membership in January and start waking up early at least 2 days a week to make this happen. Hopefully I will start an extended learning Japanese class January 8th where I can learn basic Japanese language and culture. The goal is to be a lot more dedicated than I am about learning the language now. I will also be starting a GRE prep course in February that will hopefully allow me to successfully apply for a Masters program. My goal is to obtain a Masters that will allow me to use Digital Media and Social Networking to progress social and criminal justice.
I’ve recently bought two new books read. The first will be The Five Love Languages. This book is all about communication and understanding in relationships. The second book is Total Money Makeover. This one is all about saving money! These are two things I think EVERYONE should work on. More importantly these are things that I need to work on.
Continuing to educate myself is definitely something that I feel is very important to me progressing in this world. While I know that this will require much more time and much more effort than I’m giving now, I also know that it will be well worth it!
My New Year resolution is COMMITMENT. As long as I can commit myself to my goals and not let anything stand in my way 2013 will be a great year. Living in America we are all given some form of opportunity that can significantly change our living situations no matter what cards we are dealt. Nothing is perfect but every day is a new day to progress. Keep working, keep your integrity and keep smiling.