Recently I received an e-mail from Akira Hosomi, a friend during my masters program study days at the University of Tsukuba.
Hosomi-san is now working in Vietnam and the e-mail was just to say hello. But the mail did sufficient enough to take me back through time to the days when I was at "Tsukuba-dai" as the university is popularly called in Japanese. Tsukuba-dai is a relatively new university, being brought into existence as part of an effort to create a new town outside of Tokyo for relocation of research organisations and institutions for higher learning.
Being a new town, Tsukuba City is a nice place to study and bring up a young family. It has parks and open space in abundance, it is clean and offers a peaceful living environment.
I was joined during my "three years sojourn" in Japan by my wife and three kids. I think they thoroughly enjoyed the experience.