Today marks the 1 month arrival here at Evergreen Outdoor Center in Hakuba, Nagano.  
First time in my life that I have not lived in a city.  I left Tokyo at age 18 and moved to Los Angeles, then to San Francisco, then to Santiago, Chile and back to San Francisco.  I promised not to return to Tokyo to live, although I craved wanting to move back to Japan (mainly for food :D).  As soon as Evergreen gave me an opportunity for employment and a lodge to live in, I was on board for the offer.  I have not regretted a single second being here amongst nature and amongst international crowd with such positive vibe. 

For the last month, I have been around outdoor tour guides watching their CPR, First Aid, and training to be potential guides to canyoning, kayaking, canoeing, MTB-ing.  For those that pass the test, and crossing the line when they become official assistant guides is super exciting.  As the Aussie dreaded Jimi quoted in today's daily weather report we post up in office, "There is no 'I' in TEAM."  Go team.

So what is this epiphany I am talking about????  To start off with, let's start with the definition.

Definition of epiphany.
"A sudden, intuitive perception of or insight into the reality or essential meaning of something, usually initiated by some simple, homely, or commonplace occurrence or experience."

Surrounded by neon greenery, not having visited a retail store in a month-- only super markets and covenient stores--has made me revisit my  dream of kite surfing.  Not a sudden, but slow approaching epiphany, definitely initiated by simple lifestyle of living and daydreaming in the mountains.

Started watching YouTube clips on kitesufing or kite boarding, checked out some worldwide schools, which most seem to be located in Thailand.  They have 3 month instructor training courses at the kite surfing schools.....hmmmm tempting.  I get a whole month off in November.... I guess there are some points to consider when choosing a school. 

1.  Is school IKO affiliated center (International Kitesurfing Organization)?
2.  Is the instructor certified?
3.  Does location have enough wind in November?

To follow my dream or not.....or to come back to Hakuba for winter season....

I followed my heart to Evergreen and not my head.  It felt right, and still feels right.  Emotion vs Rationality.....let the fun begin. We shall see what country I end up/what passions I will be following after November....

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