Last Sunday, I went for a hike in the mountains near my apartment. I always enjoy going there, as the scenery is beautiful and the air is so clean. For me, hiking has been one of my favorite things to do for most of my life and I would often go hiking with my father regardless of where we lived, including Hawaii, Maryland, and (best of all) Colorado. On my latest venture to the mountains of Minoh, I was really struck by how every time I go there many people are out, enjoying nature and getting exercise in the process. I love seeing this, as I believe an appreciation for nature is something very important for a culture to have. The people of Japan have it.
One of my favorite things about my hometown in Colorado is the fact that many people love the Colorado Rockies dearly and often get out and enjoy the beautiful nature surrounding them. Colorado is annually ranked as the healthiest state in America and I completely believe it. The only other place I’ve seen people out enjoying the outdoors like the people of Colorado has been in Minoh. It makes my home in Japan feel a lot like my home in America!