I've spent eight months in Japan, from mid December 2014 until early August 2015, working as an ESL teacher for a small private school in Seki city, Gifu Prefecture. My job allowed a fair work/leisure balance where I'd go out with my camera and learn as much as I could, occasionally traveling during national holidays. Throughout this time I've met several good people and made new friends. Despite being far from home, I've found Japanese folk and food-bound traditions very similar to those of Italy: I felt at ease and surprisingly more integrated into Japanese society compared to my previous American experience. I'm thankful for the beauty of the mundane and of the extraordinary that occurred before my lens throughout this period.