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“Its the not the Destination, It's the journey.” 行き先ではなく、辿り着くまでの旅だ

Hello everyone, I hope that you are all doing well these days. Today I want to change pace some and discuss something that I’ve grown to enjoy more and more over the years. I really enjoy traveling, sightseeing, experiencing new flavors, and meeting new people. Though this hasn’t always been the case for me, my time traveling has become an important part of my life. I’m not a fervent traveler and I’ve only been to a small number of places in this great big world.


As a resident of the USA I’ve been able to travel to a number of places in the USA including Anchorage, Alaska where I had freshly crab for my first time and when I was in New Orleans, Luisiana I greatly enjoyed the experience of hearing the music seemingly wafting through just about every door, business or house. In my travel overseas I’ve been able to visit friends from my college days who now live in and around Seoul, South Korea. In France I, along with my family, was able to explore the expansive and meticulously groomed gardens of Versailles and walk along the beaches of Normandy. And when I was living in Okayama for three months I went on short day trips to various locations and tried their regional variation of okonomiyaki or hiroshimayaki. My six years of living here in Japan I’ve been able explore the hills and rivers near my house, and watch the people go about their lives in the heart of Japan’s largest cities of Tokyo and Yokohama.


A map of the gardens of Versailles


Hiroshimayaki with oysters.


Traveling is not only something one can do by themselves for themselves, but is a way to invest in yourself and others around you. For it is when you get to experience new things and learn more about yourself and others along the way things are bound to change. Ralph Waldo Emerson said it this way: “Its the not the Destination, It's the journey.” Certainly you do not need to travel to have a fulfilling life, but I think you do learn to better appreciate those around you and their difference.


My daughter on a Normandy beach.



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