𝙰 𝚛𝚊𝚒𝚗𝚢 𝚍𝚊𝚢 𝚒𝚜 𝚊 𝚜𝚙𝚎𝚌𝚒𝚊𝚕 𝚐𝚒𝚏𝚝 𝚝𝚘 𝚛𝚎𝚊𝚍𝚎𝚛𝚜.
My favorite things to do on rainy days are bake and read. Anyone else?
📌Save this post for when you are visiting mainland Japan. This library is located in #yamaguchiprefecture in the city of #Shunan . A #starbucks is located inside also. Then go outside and hunt down a manhole cover for this area!
6 months ago
When we lived in Yamaguchi Prefecture, I used to teach English once a week to a handful of one-to-one students. Truth be told, I lacked confidence in myself, so much so, that immediately after each lesson I’d begin to dread the approach of the following week.
It was all very mentally draining for me.
Despite my dislike of teaching, there was one student who I looked forward to seeing each week – Ohtani-san.
An old man in his early 70’s, Ohtani-san was not the type of student people had in mind when I told them that I taught English to a couple of locals. But when it comes to language learning, age is merely a number to overcome, and with Ohtani-san I could tell that he had been a lifelong learner of English.
Lessons were scheduled for just an hour, but time quickly slipped by when spent with Ohtani-san, who would go into deep discussion about his hometown of Hagi. It was these conversations and stories he would tell me that I would look forward to every week. He told me all about his life, such as stealing the oranges on a neighbours tree when he was a boy, being ‘secret’ friends with the shunned children of Korean immigrants and stories of his travels across Japan and internationally.
When he was in his early 20’s Ohtani-san moved from Hagi city down to Tokuyama for work at the iron works factory, and from that moment on he would only visit Hagi on special occasions.
When I told Ohtani-san of my upcoming move to Kanto, he insisted on taking me and Riku to Hagi so that he could show us around his beloved hometown. So one day, in the middle of February, the three of us took a road trip to the northwestern corner of the prefecture, where Ohtani-san would introduce us to a number of touristic and hidden locations in the city.
This here is the location that had the most impact on me – the burial grounds of half of the of Mori clan feudal lords, Tōkōji Temple. The other half are buried at Daishōin Temple.
📍Tokoji Temple, Yamaguchi Prefecture
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