Wesley was raised in rural southern Oregon in the United States. She first moved to Japan in 2012 to teach English and help with recovery efforts related to the Fukushima Daiichi partial nuclear meltdown. She now lives in Yamagata, working as a tourism professional. Spending time in the Japanese countryside feels like a return to her country roots. She spends as much of her free time as possible outdoors hiking, camping, snowboarding, and cycle touring. All that exercise gives her an excuse to pursue her other passion: food and cooking.
An easy, one-day guided cycling tour exploring the traditional side of Yamagata City. Ride to a Japanese garden, a minor holy mountain to explore a hidden shrine, and the artisan district Hirashimizu for a weaving experience.