Karuizawa

• The quiet atmosphere and seclusiveness makes it a conducive study environment, which is why the TEAM’s language school has been here for so long (I think).
• The town has pictures of John Lennon and Yoko Ono in many stores because her family is from here, and they often visited together.
• Karuizawa is found in Nagano prefecture, which you may remember, hosted the 1998 Winter Olympics. Karuizawa hosted curling, and according to Wikipedia, also hosted equestrian events in the 1964 Summer Olympics. Making it the only city in the world having hosted both Summer and Winter Olympic events.
• At night, we have to be cautious, however, because being in the mountains we are near bears, boars, and monkeys. A few weeks ago, our neighbors up the road had a boar tear up their yard during the night. In addition, our teacher mentioned today that she had seen monkeys many times, and they will come in and steal your food! You can check out this site to see where the latest sighting of bears and monkeys have been.
• If bears and boars aren’t enough to worry about, we also have an active volcano! Mt. Asama is not far from here. Thankfully it erupted in 2004 and shouldn’t be do for a checkup for another 4-5 years.
More pictures around the city here.
Update: Here’s a map I made of some things in the area.

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