How I Got There

While I try to keep some of my profession ambiguous online, sometimes I enjoy sharing my work experiences which is why I’m introducing the Sasebo Sasebro series. If you do a little bit of research, it’s not hard to find out what I actually do, but for now, all I’ll say is that I’m an optometrist.

In 2015, I was chosen by the Gods to move to Sasebo and start an optometry clinic. I was told I was going to be there for two years and would chalk up the time spent there as a new adventure in life. As the day approached, my organization held an event to welcome new personnel and say goodbye to those departing; they forgot to say goodbye to me but I’ll be positive and say I learned a lot in two years with the organization.

I had never traveled internationally before, so when I arrived at Haneda International Airport, I didn’t know the whole customs process. Unfortunately, no one around me spoke English so I had to figure out what to do on my own. I almost missed my connecting flight to Fukuoka. Needless to say, I found the way eventually.

“I looked at all the ships and pumped my fist like Tom Cruise did in Top Gun.”

When I arrived in Fukuoka, my sponsor met me and we got on the shuttle to take us to Sasebo. During the trip, I asked her about work and talked about how excited I was to start my own clinic with my own rules. When we arrived in Sasebo, I looked at all the ships and I pumped my fist like Tom Cruise did in Top Gun when he is riding his motorcycle alongside an F-14.

This was how my adventure in Sasebo began. Would you like to know more?

* Disclaimer: some, most, or all of this story may be fabricated.

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