i had to say goodbye to kurume and to the wonderful matsunaga family the other day. i didnt really know what day i was going to head to nagano so at the last second (of course), i packed my bags and headed out. there wasn't time for a proper fairwell, which was a bummer. it was a great experience, full of good food and wonderful people :)
and on to NAGANO! its hard to believe its summer here. while most of japan is suffering from sweltering, humid heat, nagano is nice and cool, with snow still on some of the mountains.