To welcome our new JETs to Kagoshima, we spent the day at our local UNESCO World Heritage Site, Sengan En. Sengan En is a lush, beautiful Japanese garden on the shore of the bay, boasting a traditional samurai house, bountiful nature, authentic Japanese cuisine, and stunning views of Sakurajima. Attendees enjoyed a tour of the Samurai house and a delicious lunch at the garden’s restaurant.
After our time in the garden, we took a once-in-a-lifetime tour of the local Jigen-ryu dojo. This Japanese sword-based martial arts dojo is almost never open to public viewing, and thanks to the immense help of Alex Bradshaw, we were able to experience two amazing locations in one day.