Day 30. Tokushima>Momonga Guesthouse, Miyoshi. ~142km. We’ve been on the road together for 5 days by this point, and it’s still a little surreal. At each moment as the nature rolls past us (Did these mountains of Shikoku get bigger?). Each climb regularly slaps me with a handful of reality. This is hard work, and I like it. Just when I need a reminder of what I’m here to do, I meet Sada-san. Some context: We arrive in Kamiyama just before getting trapped in terrible weather, and as we roll in, from across a small bridge I see this man smiling at a friend of his, and I turn to Phaon, telling him: “that guy is actually glowing”. We hadn’t met yet, but I saw a kind of clarity in his eyes. Trying to get out of the rain for a moment, we drop our bikes off inside a furniture maker’s warehouse, where we are offered shelter for the night. With four walls, a roof, and a wood-fired heater, it’s a Business-class upgrade from a tent in the rain. We make a short sprint through the rain, back across the bridge to the nearby cafe, to see the live music event we were recommended by our new pal, Kensaku-san, that morning. . After the gig is finished, Sada-san sits on the deep brown wooden floor, playing on a djembe. I find myself drawn to this instrument, and start asking such generic questions, like “where did you learn? how much did you practice?” etc, etc… he simply tells me that he learned it by playing it on the street, every day for two years, to save money to travel. And that there is no practice: “everyday is a stage”. It hits like a wave, and brings with it a surge of inspiration. This guy knew what he had to do, and just turned up every day, and did it. Everybody carries with them a moment of truth, that is instantly alchemised when shared. I am truly grateful whenever I can experience this, or share my own. This trip has a positively different vibe about it, and the energy to create grows each day. Much like my legs after each hill climb.
It's time for Meet an Employee! This week we are meeting Angela, an Emergency Teacher for our Chubu head office! 1. Where are you originally from I’m from Oahu, Hawaii. 2. Where did you start off? Nagoya, Honbu as an Emergency Teacher 3. How long have you worked for AEON? About a year and a half. 4. What made you decide to apply to AEON? I wanted to live abroad and reconnect with my Japanese heritage. 5. What does your job entail? Travelling, being organized, independent, self-motivated and definitely flexible. 6. What made you decide to become an Emergency Teacher? I enjoy change and new experiences. So, being an emergency teacher seemed to fit what I wanted from a job. In addition, by being an ET I’m also able to see so many different parts of Japan and meet many wonderful people!! 7. Where was your most interesting placement? That’s a tough question. I think that since I’ve been working only in Chubu, being sent outside of that to Yokohama for a couple of weeks was rather interesting! I was able to meet some of the trainers there and sight see in and around Yokohama. 8. What's something interesting you've done while living in Japan? Since I’ve arrived in Japan it was a mission of mine to do as much travelling as possible. I’ve been to Sapporo for the Yuki Matsuri (Snow Festival) which was absolutely breathtaking. I’ve traveled to over a dozen regions such as Shikoku (they have a wicked natural Naruto whirlpool). Outside of Japan I was able to go to Thailand and Taiwan but I’m planning to go to Greece! #aeonjapan#meetanemployee#chubu#nagoya#yokohama#shikoku#sapporo#japanlife#teachinjapan#teachabroad#tefl#tesl#eslteachers