community.japanese wrote:Patrick san,
You had a really good time in Japan.
Which part in Japan are you going to the next?
Next tour is Kagoshima (to visit the volcano), Hakata/Fukuoka (taking wife to the sumo), Nagoya (for the long holiday weekend - catching up with some people we met a few visits ago - we had a great time at the baseball with them in April), and then back to Kyoto and our favourite (tiny) karaoke bar and see our friends there (and replace the bottle-keep with a fresh one).
One of the great things having been to lots of places (and back to many of them) is that it is a great opportunity to practice and to make use of the hours of study. I noticed the last two times (October'13 and April'14) that the kanji is making a lot more sense and having more words in my vocab really helps (my grammar is terrible). We also tend to travel away from the big cities where it is easy to get by with only a little Japanese, and future plans for northern Honshu and the more travelling on the west coast will be a good challenge.
We also end up helping a lot of people while travelling - and after considering options of living/working in Japan we decided hosting tours would be more practical as it would take a long time for me to get to the stage of being able to do the technical work I do to a fluent written standard. (We have a little company that does tours for people.