Hello, everyone! Patricia here~
I am happy to be joining you all here at AEON Nagaoka! Thank you for the warm welcome I have received from all our current students.
This is a bit of a "homecoming" for me. Have you heard this phrase used before? It can be used to talk about returning to your hometown, but it can also be used to talk about returning to places that feel like home. I had been working around Japan for the past year, but before that, I worked in Niigata City for about four years. So, although Nagaoka is not my hometown, it certainly feels like home!
In America, we also have something called a "homecoming weekend". It is typically celebrated by the high school or university that people have graduated from, and they return home to meet up with old friends and family and watch American football.
I hope that everyone will feel at home here!