Hi! I'm originally from suburban Chicago, but have now lived in Japan for several years.
Here is the story. At the age of 20 I traveled the world with the international student group Up With People. Following that program, I came to Japan to visit a friend from that group. On that trip, I fell in love with this wonderful girl, and we have been together ever since.
We have traveled the world together and have lived in many places over the years. Our favorite thing has been getting to know people wherever we go. Sharing meals, sharing time, and sharing stories together.
And now, we have moved to a picturesque countryside village of 4000 people with an 800-year-old history of tea growing. The Cradle of Japanese Tea.
Wazuka is filled with beautiful tea fields, rice fields, and mountains, and even better great people. It truly feels like being in a different world, like living in in a simpler time. And yet, we are just a short drive to Nara City, Kyoto, and Osaka
My wife and I have chosen to settle in this amazing place with our two young daughters. And, we really hope to welcome you with our open hearts, our home-cooked meals, friendly conversation, and top-notch hospitality.
We look forward to seeing you soon!
Michael, Ikuko, Olivia, and Margaret