After a long, stressful, and strenuous trip and a couple of months of adjusting in a foreign country, we can now call Sasebo, Japan our home! Now that we are somewhat accustomed to this part of the world, we would like to invite everyone else into our lives. We want to share photos and information of different cultures, food, and people that we will experience on our three year journey in the Pacific. So I guess our first blog should be about Japan’s mainland island of Kyushu, in a small fisherman’s village called Sasebo. There right on the ocean is our home!
Sasebo (佐世保) is the second-largest city in Nagasaki prefecture on the island of Kyushu, Japan. Japan has 47 prefectures. Prefectures are similar to what we would call a “state” back in America. This city is home to the U.S. Navy base, Fleet Activities Sasebo, as well as the base for the Japan Self Defense Force. There are probably about 5,000 Sailors and Marines stationed in Sasebo. There is even a designated area of downtown Sasebo known as Sailor Town. It’s a small area of streets lined with bars frequented by military members.
Sasebo has a humid subtropical climate with cooler winters. And when we say humid, boy is it REALLY humid! You don’t even have to be moving to be dripping sweat… it’sactually very uncomfortable. Once autumn hits, the days are still pretty warm (ranging in the 60/70’s) but the nights are cooler with lows around the 50’s. Precipitation is significant throughout the year- as typhoons are no stranger to this island- but tapers off more during the winter months.
So far Sasebo has been a great place to slow down and enjoy the Japanese and their culture. Most Japanese cities are very busy. Sasebo is calm, yet it’s still full of history, culture, and places to explore. We hope that you enjoy sharing the culture and life of the Pacific with us! We have much to explore and share!
*Interesting Fact: Sasebo was one of the original 17 targets selected for the dropping of the A-Bomb.*
Our roots will forever be from here, America, born and raised. Yet, life requires us to move more frequently than we care to count. Whether living stateside or abroad, you can always find us traveling somewhere. We scout out places that you only think you can dream of one day seeing and we seek out those that aren’t found in guidebooks. We then bring them to life here in our travel memos, so hopefully, one day you too can visit them or at least be able to live vicariously through us. This blog isn’t just about crossing off places from a bucket list. It’s about absorbing and learning how other cultures grow and fit into the same world that we do. Life is short and the world is big. Enjoy and get out there!