Map of Japan (Utsunomiya is just directly north of Tokyo)
Within a couple days, I had done a total 180 and was 100% on board for moving to Japan. Granted, it would be difficult to be away from all of our friends & family but we were excited to begin our lives together with such an amazing, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. We were pumped and I was beginning to count down the months until our adventure. Unfortuntately (and ironically), the day Todd told his boss we were interested, was the day of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. My heart goes out to everyone affected by the disaster and it was obvious by the end of that day, our big plans were not going to happen. In fact, the people currently in Japan from Todd's company that had just moved there last fall (as in 4 months ago), were permanently reassigned back to Ohio. It was very disappointing to learn we wouldn't be able to go but at least we weren't just getting adjusted to living there and then forced to move back (especially since I would've quit my job!). Hopefully since this opportunity didn't work out, that means there's something bigger & better on the horizon for Todd & I. Because like they say, everything happens for a reason.