アブラム・フォックス Avram Fox

Please tell us a bit about your home country/area, or the place you are living now?


I grew up near Fort Lauderdale, Florida, which is not far from Kagoshima's sister city of Miami. Near my home is the Morikami Museum and Japanese Garden. Many Japanese people came to the area in the early 1900's for farming. South Florida has great beaches, the alligator infested swamps of Everglades National Park and the small islands of the Florida Keys.


Where would you recommend to visit within Kagoshima City?


On the northwest side of Sakurajima Island, there are some winding roads leading up the side of the volcano. I very much enjoyed the challenge of riding my bike up there and looking back on the city center.
love hot springs and have fond memories of Ippon Sakura Onsen in Murasaki Baru. It was a great place to watch the sunset over the city and the volcano.
One of the places I miss the most is the kuru-kuru sushi place near Kagoshima Eki. I went there so much that I did not even have to order anymore, they all knew me and made me my favorite dishes as soon as I sat down.
I was lucky enough to help teach English to the Little Cherries Elementary School Jazz Band before their trip to the US. They showed great enthusiasm and I looked forward to meeting them every Friday evening.


What are you up to now?


My contract with the Board of Education finished in August of 2004. As soon as it was over, I took the ferries to Hokkaido and spent one month riding my bike around Japan's northernmost island. Then, I continued down the country and finished up back in Kagoshima. In total, it was an excellent 10 week and 5,000+ km tour of the four main islands and a bunch of smaller ones. I found that some people in the north could not understand a few of my Japanese words. It turns out I had learned some Kagoshima-Ben vocabulary and thought it was regular Japanese.
In October of 2004, I returned to the US. I took a five day canoe trip in the Everglades to look at the alligators, manatee, dolphins and racoons.
Last January, I took a cruise to Antarctica to look at the icebergs, penguins, whales, and glaciers. On the ship, there was a cyclist from Japan and I became his translator for the 10 days of the voyage.
In February, I climbed Mt. Aconcagua in Argentina. At 6962 meters, it is the highest mountain in the world outside of Asia and took two weeks. I spent the next few months travelling around Argentina and Chile, with brief visits to Paraguay, Uruguay and Brasil.
I returned to the US in May and am spending the summer visiting friends and family, mostly in Denver, Colorado.
I plan to attend Arizona State University in August to work on a Master's in Geography and will run my next full marathon in January.
I want to thank all of my friends at Wada Junior High School for the care package. They know how much I love Kaki-P.




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