Ok everyone. I thought, in my last month in the United States, that I should outline a little bit of my trip for you in the hopes that by pointing out myself on a map, you will be able to more deeply connect yourselves with my experience. Er, something like that.
So what we have here is a lovely map of the country of Japan. Sadly, no one in the cartography business seems to care very much for the city of Hikone, even though they have a super sweet castle. Well, see Nagoya to the left of Tokyo? Yeah, that is the airport I will be flying in to. There is a giant lake in the center of Japan called Lake Biwa. My town is situated on the eastern coast of Lake Biwa.
In a crappy Microsoft Paint map of this lake, you can see the red dot that is Hikone. This lake is beautifully recreated in the above map as the pointy blue speck to the left of Nagoya. With these two pictures, I hope you get a fairly decent idea of where I will spend my next six months. So grab your kimono and your favorite Studio Ghibli movie; we are going to Japan!