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An enjoyable year in the Chugoku region 中国地方を満喫した1年間

2014.05.07 (Wed)

Until I was sent to Tottori on the JET (Japan Exchange and Teaching) Programme, the truth is that I had never been to the San’in region. Worse than that, the only time I’d been to the Chugoku region was one time staying in Hiroshima, so when I got my letter telling me where I would be sent, I had to go and look at the map to work out where Tottori even was.

It’s been a year since I learnt where Tottori is. In that time, as well as being able to learn a lot about places that even many Japanese people don’t know, I’ve travelled with my husband around not only the prefecture but also Okayama and Shimane prefectures. Because of that, even me, who is not very good at geography, has come to know a lot about the Chugoku region, which has been great.

At the end of last year, my family came to visit, and we spent some time in a beautiful house near Mimasaka in Okayama prefecture, amid beautiful surroundings. In autumn last year, we went to Chizu, where we met a lovely and very knowledgeable volunteer guide, who told us all about the area’s history. We went again in February to enjoy the Snow Festival, and walked around the historic streets, drank amazake and looked at the different snow sculptures. We have also been to Matsue and Izumo Grand Shrine, which was particularly impressive.

I was pretty nervous before we came to Tottori, because I had no idea what to expect. But the longer I am here, the more I realise how wonderful an area this is. I am so glad I was sent here!

私はJETプログラム(外国語青年招致事業)で鳥取県に派遣されるまで、実は山陰地方を訪れたことがありませんでした。それどころか、中国地方を訪れたのも広島市に宿泊したとき以来で、私の元に派遣先の通知書が届いた際には、すぐに鳥取県の位置を地図で調べたほどです。

早いものでその日から1年が経ちました。この間、日本人でもあまり知らないようなことを学んだほか、県内に限らず岡山県や島根県などを夫と2人で旅行することができました。おかげで地理が苦手な私でも中国地方のことをいろいろと知ることができ、とても幸せです。

昨年末に祖国から家族が遊びに来た際、岡山県の美作市周辺の民宿に宿泊しました。家族とすてきな景色をゆったりと眺めながら、充実した家族の時間を過ごせました。昨年の秋に智頭町を訪れた際には、とても親切なボランティアガイドさんに地域の歴史などを教えていただきました。また、2月に開催された雪まつりでは、風情ある街並みを散策して甘酒やおでんをいただいたり、雪だるまを見たりと、とても楽しかったです。このほか、松江市や出雲市なども訪れ、とても印象的な出雲大社を参拝することができました。

鳥取県に来る前はとても不安でしたが、時間が経てば経つほど地域の良さをたくさん知ることができました。鳥取県に派遣されて本当に良かったと思います。

 

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One comment

  1. It is indeed a lovely area.



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