Enjoying the journey, one step at a time

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Enjoying the journey, one step at a time

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I'm originally from Florida, a place known for Disney World and white beaches. It's not known for its mountains because. . .there aren't any. I don't believe Florida even has anything that could be called a hill. So, the steep mountains of Japan were new and exciting to me and I started hiking and camping soon after I arrived in the early 90's. When many people think of Japan, they can only picture the concrete jungle of Tokyo, but I felt fortunate to be able to experience the true wilderness of the Japanese countryside.

 

I enjoyed hiking up mountains, but over the years I became very busy and soon hiking was something I did once in the summer, if at all. Recently, I have been rediscovering my beloved hobby and have gone on a few hikes. I hiked up Mt. Arafune in Gunma prefecture and had a wonderful coffee break at the top! I always thought this mountain looked like a blue whale from a distance.

I've always thought this mountain looks like a blue whale!

I've always thought this mountain looks like a blue whale!

We enjoyed coffee on the top of Mt. Arafune.

We enjoyed coffee on the top of Mt. Arafune.

 

A few weeks later, I hiked up Mt. Kinkazan. I've never climbed it before, despite the fact that it is very close to Nagoya. Gifu castle sits on top of the mountain and the views are incredible. I even met some samurai warriors on the way up!

This is what Gifu city looks like from the top of Gifu castle.

This is what Gifu city looks like from the top of Gifu castle.

I met some samurai warriors on the way up, who demanded that I take a selfie with them.

I met some samurai warriors on the way up, who demanded that I take a selfie with them.

I think hiking up mountains is a lot like studying English. Too often we are only focused on getting to the top of the mountain, but if you have that attitude, you'll easily get discouraged and quit halfway through. You have to find ways to enjoy the climb, so even when the trail is rough you won't feel like giving up!

 

 

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LESLEY ITO(レスリー いとう)

アメリカ、フロリダ州出身。両親の仕事の都合で生まれはイギリス。1992年、大学卒業後来日。日本での経験を活かしてアメリカで就職をするまでの1年の予定で帰国予定だったのが、結婚を機に日本で永住を決断。以後、英語指導法に関する研究や発表を重ね、その功績が認められイギリスの大手出版会社から世界の著名指導者のひとりとしてケンブリッジに招待を受ける。
著者として指導書や英語多読用リーダーなど数多くの英語教育関連書籍を執筆し、ドバイでは2015年に多読用リーダーで国際文学最優秀賞を受賞。
現在では、大学での講義やCLILレッスンの講演活動を日本全国で行っている。

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