After almost nine years of living in Japan, I am still constantly discovering new things to enrich my life. Nagano Prefecture has earned a special place in my heart with a winter climate recalling a milder version of my native Canada and the Northern Alps in whose majestic shadow I have found a home.
I had been enjoying a five year stint in Omachi City before moving to Matsumoto in 2009. I really enjoy the atmosphere and local culture here as well as the proximity to Kamikochi.
I am currently employed by the Nagano Board of Education teaching English at Agatagaoka Senior High School here in Matsumoto.
For about seven years now, I have trained in the traditional Japanese sword art of iaido, competing in tournaments locally and all around Japan. I also practice a lesser-known art called jodo, which focuses on wielding a short, staff-like weapon. Since 2008, I have presided over an annual cultural event called The Omachi Martial Arts Festival.
Favorite Kamikōchi spot:
I'm very fond of Taisho Pond. My memories of seeing the surface of the water with dusky light reflecting off of it have stayed with me since I first visted the park many years ago.