After about a month of expectant waiting we finally found out where we will be living in Japan! You would think that I had the whole waiting thing down after 9 months of pregnancy, but I had been getting more and more impatient by the day. This morning we received the email that we will be in Fukuyama City in Hiroshima Prefecture.
It is a smallish city, just under 500,000 people, and seemingly obsessed with roses. Their motto is: "Unique Rose City Fukuyama, the core city of exchanging activities of shining Seto Inland". I have no idea where they were going with that, but I am sure that it makes a bit more sense in Japanese. This was not actually one of our three placement preferences, but Fukuyama borders our third choice of Okayama Prefecture, so we are very excited. We also requested a rural placement, and were sure we would be indulged, but at least the city is not too large. We may actually be on the outskirts, who knows?
I am sure that Dustin and I will be poring over the internet trying to find every photo and website on Fukuyama and Hiroshima for the next few weeks. I think that Theo has even gotten a whiff of the excitement because he is in his room at the moment, playing with toys and exclaiming "Fukuyama!" every minute or so. I am so glad that our wait is finally over. Knowing where we will be going just seems to make everything that much more real and will hopefully fuel us during the next weeks of feverish packing, selling, and moving.