My wife and I are moving to a different part of the world to teach.

We will be teaching engineers Advanced Business English, Academic English and Technical English in Japan.

Our home in Japan will have much lower temperatures than Saudi Arabia.  It gets 4.78 meters of snow fall in an average winter.

We will live in the city of Aizu-wakamatsu. This is a very old city in the Fukushima Prefecture. I am including some photos from the Wikipedia Commons, such as the famous Tsuruga-jyo Castle. 

I am also adding a photo of one of the rivers that runs through the city.

I am going from one extreme in climate to another. I have gotten used to a hot and dry climate.  Now I will adjust to a colder and wetter place.

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Comment by arif saeed on August 12, 2013 at 14:44
Dear sir
Sorry to be late.
Wherever you move, I wish you all the best!
Yet the distance between you and me is nothing in EC. Just press your name and I am there.

By the way, may I know the difference between academic English and Technical English?

Have a nice day!
Comment by tawfeeq on July 28, 2013 at 15:04

Good luck and nice trip .

Comment by TOONT on July 28, 2013 at 3:45

Japan is country of my dream...

Good luck!

Comment by Tim New on July 27, 2013 at 15:01

I hope you enjoy your new location.  Since you are going to where your children are I am sure you will.

Comment by Mr. Bob on July 26, 2013 at 23:25
Thanks Bala. I agree that I will get used to the cold but getting nearly 5m of snow sounds like a lot. Maybe Tara can tell us if it is really a lot of snow compared to Canada.

@ Bia and Nora, thanks to you both for your best wishes. I do think it will be an adventure.
@ Tara. You can be sure I have been talking with Junco about meeting sometime. I think he lives much closer to my son. Maybe we will take an English club Greco together and maybe even climb Mt. Fuji.

WMW you can be sure that I will be meeting some of the most motivated students in Japan. They are engineers and high technology workers who work for a generous employer. The employer will make it possible for them to take classes during work hours. I am thrilled to be finally going to Japan. I lectured many American university students about Japanese culture when my kids were babies. Now my children are both teaching English in Japan.
Comment by Tara Benwell on July 26, 2013 at 19:32

Wow! That is a big change. Thanks for keeping us posted about teaching in Saudi Arabia. I found it so interesting. We can't wait to hear all about Japan. I wonder if you will be able to meet up with any MyEC members. Please invite all of your new students to join us here! 

Comment by _Bia(noprvtplz) on July 25, 2013 at 14:33

no matter where you are, all matters with WHOM you are there...good luck to you and to your lucky wife..(or maybe you both are lucky?)...anyway, have a nice time wherever you are, i hope you will share ur experience with us, with those who never travel...GOOD LUCK!

Comment by Bala from India on July 25, 2013 at 10:41

Mr. Bob..

You will not feel the difference in climate, i believe...Our body will automatically adapt itself to the Change in Temperature...that too when you are going for a GOOD CAUSE, i strongly believe that you will get in ease with the atmosphere also..

Have a nice time in Japan.....

Comment by Mr. Bob on July 25, 2013 at 10:20

@ Shima and Shabeen, Thank you for your comments and good wishes. I hope you will still be my friends after I have moved.

@ Hardi, it may seem like no time at all but nearly three years have passed already. I think that time goes by quickly when you are exploring a new place and meeting thousands of students and other people.

@ Noora, I will actually go to my country next week. I will see my in-laws and also see my blood relatives. The last of my aunts has died and we will have a memorial service for her. It won't be a funeral because she wished for her body to be donated to a medical university for research and teaching of new doctors.

@ Expector, Thank you and I agree about the differences. When I taught Cultural Anthropology, I used Japan as one of the cultures in my survey course about world cultures. The Arab world was also a culture I taught about in that course. I've never been to Japan but really enjoyed traveling in China a few years ago.

@ 1 Omer, Thank you for your good wishes.  Yes, I will always remember my stay here and traveling around the Mid-East.

@ Noa, I agree that I am indeed lucky. I wish that you could do the same too.  There is a big need for trained English teachers in most non-English speaking countries.  They don't all pay really well, but you can work almost anywhere you want if you become good enough and experienced at teaching.

And @ Mickey, Thank you dear. I will travel with the right attitude so I am sure I will enjoy the new culture and learning another language.

Comment by ⊱ Mickey ⊰ on July 25, 2013 at 5:47

Have a nice trip to Japan, Mr. Bob!

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