4 weeks into Japan and I feel like I haven't eaten enough delicious foods, visited enough fantastic places. or met enough wonderful people yet!  There's so much I want to do before the winter season comes.  I want to ride my bicycle to the beach, visit the thing they call " The Godzilla Rock,"  swim under a waterfall, and travel across Japan!  With goals, come ambition; and with ambition, comes effort.  Effort takes time, and there is not enough time in the world for me to experience everything.  I want to do so much things, it almost feels as if I haven't done anything this week.  My pictures, however, tell a different story.

It's only been a little over two weeks since I got here in Akita International University and this place already feels too small.  There is one thing a person must realize before they come here: there is nothing surrounding the school.  There are a few shops, but this place is like the island of Lana'i.  Everything closes early.  If you get hungry after 9 o'clock and have no food in your refrigerator, you have to take a 15 minute bus ride to the nearest mall.  On top of all of that, if you miss the last bus home, you have to walk back to school through a bear infested forest in the pitch black of night.