It has been awhile since I have posted anything, gomennasia. (Japanese for I am sorry) What a great segue, if I do say so myself. I surprise even myself sometimes. I am in Okinawa, Japan and I am loving it here. I thought that the island was going to be relatively boring since it wasn’t the mainland, but I was wrong. There is plenty to do here in terms of local culture and cuisine. The Okinawan culture is different from Japanese culture at that, although they do have their similarities. I am going to try and soak in as much as possible while I am here. I don’t want to do what the typical young person does here, and that is to go drinking and partying every weekend. I am not opposed to those things, but when you get right down to it, they aren’t important in the least. I am in Japan for crying out loud! You can find bars and clubs in any city in the world, why not do things that you can only do here? Why not experience the culture? I don’t want to be one of the people who leaves a base and when people ask me about it, I can’t tell them about the area that I was in. Or who regrets not experiencing the area. It will also save me a lot of money. You would be surprised, if you haven’t done that sort of thing in a long time, how much one night of partying can cost, easily adds up to hundreds of dollars of my hard earned money. Maybe I am getting past the college partying phase, I don’t know, but it sure doesn’t have the appeal it once had. I have many goals for myself while I am here in Japan, and I will proceed to put them down here so I can hold myself accountable to them. I am planning to visit the mainland at the very least once while I am here, and I also want to try and visit one of the surrounding countries as well. Like China, the Philippines, or Australia, since I will most likely not be on this side of the globe again in my lifetime. But of-course all that travel will depend on financial, and leave time factors. I will also get at least one other tattoo while I am here. I have two tattoos planned out, one is Japanese themed, and the other is definitely more western in nature. I will most likely get the Japanese one done here by an artist that is an expert in the craft of Asian tattoos. I would love to learn guitar while I am here if I have time. I want to continue my college education. Be it one class at a time or multiple, I want to keep progressing. My goal is to get my bachelors degree before I am up for re-enlistment. Last, but definitely not least is to strengthen my relationship Christ. I admittedly have been not doing well in that department since joining the military, but I hope to change that.