Living and working as a designer / teacher in Japan and around the world.
Aug 2, 2012
I arrived in Hamamatsu on November 2nd, 2011. For the past nine months I have called Shizuoka-ken my home away from home. Some of things I love about Hamamatsu are as follows: The best thing about Hamamatsu is the climate. While I might have been lucky that it has been relatively mild, temperature wise, I feel like by default, the climate in Hama is drier and cooler than most places in Japan that I've had the privilege to visit. That alone makes it a special place.
I was lucky to meet some wonderful folks too! In particular there are a few people who have shown mind-blowing support and kindness. I will miss weekend bike rides to the beautiful pine tree coast that Hamamatsu gets its name from. From the mountains, to the ocean, to the rivers, and the Hamanako lake; the natural majesty and diversity has been a true pleasure to experience. While I look forward to a different experience elsewhere I will never forget Hamamatsu, it's people or it's natural surroundings!
Hamamatsu will always be my second home, my first real home away from home. Perhaps someday I will find myself guided by the strong Hamamatsu wind once more.