Hitachi Seaside Park 2021.03.25
A few months after I left my home country and settled in Japan, a friend of mine decided to do the same. Whilst I found my own way into the working world through private schools and a recruitment agency, she had the opportunity to get into the government programme called, The Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme. This program is aimed at promoting grass-roots international exchange between Japan and other nations. It is teaching but not full on as in my case where I have a full schedule most days and on-demand English-language only classes. In the program she qualified for she is coined as an Assistant Language Teacher (ALT). She usually works alongside a Japanese teacher and assists with pronunciation and grammar. The biggest role of ALTs is to bring culture to the high school students at public schools. Most people end up in the countryside locations and although it might be very challenging adjusting to such a sedentary lifestyle, it can also be quite enjoyable. The next thing you should acquire after accommodation is a vehicle. Trains are few and far in between and if you are in the countryside it is way more convenient for shopping and sightseeing. Driving around the countryside is super peaceful and enjoyable. Sure, you can end up in a quiet back road that leads you innocently through the mountains but the traffic is nothing to talk about and there are lots of highways connecting everything. Disconnecting from the busy, ever-moving city life can be refreshing. Whenever the mood takes me, I can hop on a train after a busy day at work and within two and a half hours I can be picked up by my friend to spend a couple days away from the monotony of my city life and responsibilities. Feeling overwhelmed by life and too many thoughts, I escaped last weekend to the Hitachi Seaside Park. It is quite a popular park but because my days off are on a Thursday and Friday, we did not have to worry about crowds. The park features food shops, gift shops, an amusement park, a fountain, gardens and seasonal flowers. Right now in autumn, kochias (summer cypress), cosmos and roses are on bloom and on display. The park was littered with a well-structured array of these beautiful flowers. We wandered around for a bit, taking photos but the wind was strong and biting through our thin sweaters so we soon went downhill and made our way to the Ferris wheel for a slow ride and panoramic view of the hills and beyond.
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