It is amazing how quickly time passes. Ten years ago I made the decision to open this school in Hashimoto, with no regrets. It has been wonderful. Students of all kinds have come through. The youngest to date started at fourteen years old, and unbelievably so, she is still here, a strong student at twenty-three years old. Why? She likes it! High school students, single/married working women and men, young, middle aged, older, housewives, and even some retirees are all part of the mix. They all have a purpose for studying English, whether it be for their jobs, travel, preparing for an interview, understanding movies without subtitles, test preparation for TOEIC/TOEFL, or just for fun as a weekly activity. Meeting all these people and helping these people achieve their goals has been a pleasure. I enjoy what I do, and consider myself a very lucky person to be able to live in Japan, provide this service to the community, and help people improve their English skills, whether they be a complete beginner or highly advanced. Indeed, I am very happy to celebrate the ten-year anniversary of Smith’s School of English, Hashimoto!