July 25 – The Site of the “Steel Typhoon”

April 1945 After the stunning defeat of the Japanese Navy at the Battle of Midway, the US has been slowly pushing the Japanese closer and closer to their mainland.  US forces set their eyes upon Okinawa as the decisive final …

July 24 – An Unexpected Party

Today was a day spent in the north of Okinawa. For those of you that haven’t been doing your own research in support of my trip (shame on you) – Okinawa is a vertically aligned island. My hotel is in …

July 23 – Off to Okinawa

In my experience on this trip, the first day in a new city is a little awkward.  You’ve got to take a little bit of time and figure out what’s going on, how do I get around, and what’s worth …

July 22 – Remembering Nagasaki

Nagasaki can be a bit frustrating.  I’ve found that the further from Tokyo you get, the tougher it gets from a non-Japanese speaker to get around.  You don’t see many signs in English and things aren’t quite where you expect …

July 21 – “Go West, Young Man!”

I have reached the end of the line. Literally. I’ve been riding on the JR Rail system for the entire trip and when my train arrived in Nagasaki this afternoon, the track literally stopped. Trains only go in and out …

July 20 – Climbing Mount Misen

I bet a few of the millions of people who read this blog on a daily basis probably think I’m making some coded reference to World War Two with my title. After all, the code phrase to start the attack …

July 19 – A Day of Extremes

Today was a strange day. The first half of the day was very solemn, while the second half was full of joy and excitement. In a way, I think the day I had today serves as a example of the impressions I’ve …

July 18 – Hiroshima!

Hiroshima is a heck of a town! I’m not sure if it was the nice weather, trees everywhere, the beautiful mountain surrounding the town, or what – but I have become a quick fan of Hiroshmia. Obviously, when you talk …

July 17 – Let’s Talk about Trains

Today was a bit of a transition day. So far, I’ve stayed in one place and have just wandered around Tokyo, checking things out. After today, I’ll be going to more places for a shorter time, looking at very specific …

July 16 – Leaving it All on the Field

There’s saying in sports to, “Leave it All on the Field”. This means that at the end of the game, you have given all you had and done your very best. Win or lose, there are no regrets. This phrase …

July 15 – A Rainy Day in Tokyo

The weather in Tokyo has left a lot to be desired. I deliberately picked July to take this trip because June is known as the rainy season…but it’s been downright dreary since I’ve been here. I officially bought an umbrella …

July 14 – Soaked in Sendai

On a dreary Thursday morning, I headed to the train station to take a bullet train (the Shinkansen) to Sendai. My reason for visiting Sendai was that it, along with Tokyo, suffered greatly during the war from the United State’s …

July 13 – Learning about Tokyo

Today was my first full day in Japan, and as such, I felt like I needed to figure out how to get around and survive in this new city. I woke up quite early (about 3am…thanks time zones!) and chilled …

July 11 – On a Wing and a Prayer!

The day had finally arrived when to board a plane and fly west for an exceptionally large amount of time. I took an Embraer from Chattanooga and then hopped on a 787 to Tokyo-Narita. This was my ride to Tokyo. …

July 10 – Packing

I am a horrible packer As someone who likes to plan for any contingency, packing has always been a challenge for me.  Whenever I’m throwing clothes in a bag, thoughts like this go through my mind… What if it’s rainy …

July 8 – Enough Research!!!

I am a planner. I like to know what has happened, what will happen, and the contingencies if unexpected thing A-B-or C happens. I’ve travelled a good bit in the past few years and typically my itineraries are a pretty …

July 1 – Welcome!

Welcome to RaynoldsinJapan.com This is a site that will be documenting my Fund for Teachers Fellowship trip to Japan in the summer of 2016. As a large part of the trip is to gather information and resources that will enhance …