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Winter Pepsi

November 26, 2010 | Food and Drink | 4 Comments

One thing that you quickly notice living in Japan is the true love the Japanese share for the seasons, and how they celebrate the changing of the seasons with relish. Summer brings fireworks and yukata.  And at summer’s end, Autumn may not quite feel like autumn yet, the leaves may not have changed colors, but as soon as September rolls around the advertisements change to sweater-wearing girls against backdrops of gorgeous winter foliage. (more…)

For many of us ALTs in Japan, deciding what to do and where to go during the Christmas holidays can be quite the struggle. There is usually a split in numbers between those who are going back home, and the others who go off exploring. As foreigners we are often amused by Japan’s interpretations of Western holidays like Easter, Halloween, and Christmas, the perfect examples of such are elaborately displayed at Tokyo Disneyland! (more…)

Gunma’s Galaxy Waypoint 天文台

November 18, 2010 | Travel | No Comments

The main place to view the stars in my hometown of Miami is at the local Science Museum. It is located at the edge of a sprawling downtown, so you have to fight through immense traffic just to enter the place. Then, there are the hoards of anxious people trying not to miss the last laser light show of the day. You have to ask an employee where to find the telescope, and they direct you down a dark dirty alley and up a long flight of stairs only to peer through a tiny sad excuse of a telescope.  (more…)

Sitting Around the Nabe Pot

November 10, 2010 | Food and Drink | No Comments

The snow is falling in the mountains and the temperatures are dropping. It is that time of year when we struggle to find comfort in our uninsulated Gunma apartments.  If you are not already spending each evening snuggled beneath the kotatsu grasping for any small amount of warmth, then it is certainly time to open your storage closets (or wallets) and get your apartment set up for the long cold winter months ahead. (more…)

ALT Fashion Guide

November 5, 2010 | Teaching | 1 Comment

ALTs in Japan come from a wide range of countries, have a wide range of personalities and do a wide range of jobs.  You may say that this leads to a fascinating group of people that can teach Japan so much and also learn a great deal from each other.  What is perhaps far more profound, interesting and relevant to society at large is that these factors lead to a hugely diverse fashion sense, even within the ALT workplace. (more…)

Melody Roads

November 2, 2010 | Travel | 2 Comments

As if your car stereo pumping out mad J-Pop tunes is not quite enough to keep you entertained and awake while driving to your favorite Gunma tourist destination, Japanese engineers have designed numerous melody roads that consist of strategically spaced grooves in the road that rumble often unfamiliar tunes through your car, similar to the rumble strips you might be familiar with back home. (more…)

Snowboarding Buying for Newbies

October 29, 2010 | Guides | 5 Comments

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! (more…)

Surfing Couches Across Japan

October 22, 2010 | Travel | No Comments

Looking for a place to stay on a budget? Need an insider’s guide to a travel destination? Couch Surfing is a non-profit network of over a million travelers that share a common interest in travel, friendship, and cultural exchange. Open your house up and offer your couch to wanderers and in return for the comfort of millions of couches around the world. The greatest part of couch surfing is that it is entirely FREE! (more…)