Melissa moved from rural America to rural Japan; "from corn to rice" in 2011 to begin her journey in a country that fascinated her since childhood. During the work day she is a mild-mannered English teacher, but when night falls...she catches up on lesson plans and Japanese studies.
The weekend, however are a whole different story.
Having studied religion and psychology in the United States, she is fascinated not only by the significant differences in culture that arise from two very different histories and places in the world, but also the small nuances that reflect on the unspoken and largely unnoted spiritual and philosophical practices alive and well today.
Practically living on the road less traveled, Melissa is always looking for the next adventure in ancient temples and forgotten paths.