Retirement Day One

Closeup of cherry blossom, surrounded by semicircle of four blossoms from upper left to lower right, with stem from lower left and blue sky background.
Cherry blossoms in Ritto on April 1, 2014.

Today, April 1, 2014, is the first day of my retirement from full-time work. It is a beautiful day here in Ritto City, so I took my camera on a short walk along the fields near my house. Cherry blossoms are beginning to emerge along the irrigation canal that runs through Hayashi.

It’s a great pleasure to have enough time to enjoy such scenery on a weekday! I’ll continue to teach communication and media two days a week, but I no longer have other duties as a university professor. So far retirement feels wonderful.

Published by Greg Peterson

Professor Emeritus, Kyoto Notre Dame University. I have retired from full-time service (1977-2014) and now offer weekly lectures in interpersonal and intercultural communication. Since 1980 I have lived in Shiga Prefecture, Japan, where I enjoy outdoor activities, especially photography, hiking, and cycling.

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