Life in Japan is great! I have lived here twice. Once from 1978 to 1986 during which my kids were born and this time since last year in June. So I am just completing my first year back after a 20-year hiatus. There have been many changes but Japan still feels comparitively safe and comfortable. On top of this, teaching is fun and I can be much more socially responsible and do my part to reduce my impact on the environment at the same time!
I am enjoying the fact that my household has dropped from producing 21 tons of carbon dioxide when I lived in the states and traveled extensively for business to producing only about 3.6 tons here in Japan. The national average in the US is 7.5 tons/year so I was a heavy producer and now produce only about half of the national average for a US household. Wow! That feels good! Check out your own production using the Carbon Dioxide calculator.
I now own and teach at my own school in Kobe, Japan (Smith’s School of English – Okamoto, Kobe).
I am having the most fun in my life so far and feel good about doing something to help the environment at the same time. Check out my New Year’s Party report to see how much fun it can be.
Al Bartle (Smith’s School of English – Okamoto)
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