|SES Teachers Amy, Dallas, Taz, Josh & Adrian|
|Sakura tress blooming in Hagi City|
Earlier this year, I went to visit my friend in Hong Kong for my 25th birthday. I really enjoyed touring around this big city. Some people call it the "New York of Asia". There are many public paintings (murals), and it was interesting to see the mix of Chinese and British cultures in this city. I recommend visiting this unique place!
|Hong Kong skyline from Kowloon|
|A mural in Hong Kong central district|
|Evanne & Blake at Ginkaku-ji Silver Pavilion in Kyoto|
|Driving MariCar in Asakusa, Tokyo|
|Dallas, Leon & Bradley at the top of Mount Misen|
|With my friends Ayami, Yoko & Tomoko at Itsukushima Shrine|
Did you know that every year on July 1st there is a huge Canada Day party in Fukuoka? I learned about this event online, and I went to it with my friends Connie, Riku, Matt & Amy. It was a really fun day. The Canada Day party had many Canadian foods and drinks that you could try, including beer, wine, lobster tails, poutine, smoked-meat sandwiches, roast pork, and many Canadian desserts. The party was at a hotel near Canal City, and there was a lot of entertainment. It was great!
|Canada Day party at Il Palazzo Hotel|
During the hottest time of the summer, my friend Mason from California came to visit again. My company car was having some troubles, and it broke down inside of a tunnel on the Sanyo Expressway! Luckily, we were rescued by SES staff members, and eventually we went to Kyushu for a little vacation.
|Nagasaki Peace Memorial|
|Dallas & Mason in Nagasaki|
|With my parents at Himeji Castle|
|Trying takoyaki in Dōtonbori district|
In August, I was very happy to have my parents visit me in Japan. They stayed at my house here in Yamaguchi, and we went on a road trip to Osaka. Along the way, we stopped in Hiroshima and Himeji. It was a long day of driving, but we had a fun weekend in Osaka, sampling food and enjoying our time together as a family. I made sure that my parents tried sushi, takoyaki (octopus balls) and a few other unique Japanese foods.
|SES Teachers Mari, Amy & Dallas in Kurashiki, Okayama|
Now that September is here, I will enjoy the cooler temperatures that come with autumn. I also hope to enjoy some fun times with my students and friends before I leave Shunan English School in October. Bye for now!