My current team at work is named Patronus and we have just spent a week in Shirahama, Japan.
Shirahama is a coastal town in the Wakayama Prefecture, South of Osaka. For the first few days it was pretty quiet, it felt like we had the place to ourselves. It got a little busier over the weekend and once July started.
I work for Automattic, the owners of WordPress.com (among other things). Everyone at our company works remotely — that is, from wherever we want — and at least once a year we get together as a team, and as a whole company, to bond and work together. This year my team meetup was in Japan.
During a meetup we have the opportunity to work, and check out some of the local sites. In Shirahama one of the places of interest is Toretore Ichiba (fish market and shops), and we went to a delicious sushi train restaurant across the street.
Thanks to Mr Amano at Big U, we were able to work out of the Big U facilities for some of our time, and we also helped run a workshop showing children how to create a blog. Mr Amano had an amazing idea for the workshop: we spent the morning at Banshoyama Park where the kids could take photos to use in their blog.
I loved the park! I’m so glad we had the opportunity to go there.
Teaching the children was a unique and wonderful opportunity too. There was a language barrier, but we had some great helpers interpreting and translating, and sometimes it was enough to just point at the screen and saying “hai” or “kuriku”.
Apart from working and workshopping we also had an adventure on the Kumano Kodo trail, which I will post about soon. We experienced a pretty full variety of Japanese meals that were delicious, and I picked up a few Japanese phrases.
I thoroughly enjoyed my time there!
If you do visit Shirahama (possibly even all of Japan), take note, a lot of places do not take credit card: take cash! Also, it is hot (in Summer)! If your skin is likely to burn, an umbrella and sunscreen is a good idea. A lovely Taiwanese lady shared an umbrella with me for part of our Banshoyama walk 😛
Farewell Japan, and thanks for all the fish!
This was my first post using the new Gutenberg editor!
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