I made my way to Japan on Monday. I have one week before winter classes begin therefore it is incumbent upon me to enjoy this time before I have to work again. Fukuoka was my destination so I am making the most of this jaunt. I have been to Fukuoka twice before and each time I always experience something new. This e pertinence included witnessing Japanese new year traditions in person. From eating soba noodles and visiting Shinto shrines this has been a delightful trip. I will have my first opportunity to hang out in Fukuoka on a Friday too. I hope to have a good time. The food is delicious too.