Articles Archive for October 2010
Thinking of hitting the slopes this winter? The snow is already falling and Gunma just so happens to have some of the best snow and ski hills in all of Japan. It would be a crying shame to miss out on all that fresh pow! Whether you are a seasoned rider or a newbie, there are plenty of opportunities to ride your heart out all winter long!
At this point we are all fairly familiar with our work gigs; 35 hour work week, Japanese-style school office, teaching, lesson planning, studying Japanese, checking Facebook, etc. Working as an ALT is a unique experience in that within our 35 (or so) hour work week, a relatively small portion of that time is actually spent teaching! Occasionally, we are kindly asked to help mark assignments. Sometimes we make lesson plans. Every so often we coach the speech contest students. But, more often than not we are left to our …
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A few weeks ago I ventured north from home in the capital city of Gunma towards Mt. Haruna in search of Ikaho Onsen Town, a small town famous for beautiful mountain views and iron-filled hot springs. Ikaho is easily accessible by car, but for those of us without a set of wheels the trip may seem slightly more daunting.
And now for a humorous guide to Japanese fashion by someone who knows absolutely zilch about the latest rage, but a great deal about people-watching! I have comprised a list of the top trends for both guys and girls, with some words of encouragement (or more often caution) for the wannabe copycat ALT.