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Gunma Area Snowboard & Ski Guide

February 8, 2014 | Guides | No Comments

Winter is here! What is the one thing guaranteed to drag us out from under our warm toasty kotatsu? Why, snowboarding and skiing, of course! Did you know that next to Hokkaido, the Gunma-Niigata-Nagano region has the best ski resorts in all of Japan? Gunma, banzai! (more…)

Surviving a Gunma Winter

December 18, 2013 | Blog, Guides | 2 Comments

ashly shanbackFor those who may not know, I was born and raised in sunny San Diego, California, which is famous for its year-round Mediterranean climate (average 13ºC–22ºC throughout the year). Though I spent my university years in a slightly colder and damper Berkeley, California, it was still a shock to my system when temperatures began to fluctuate in the fall of my first year on JET. (more…)

Agatsuma: The Hidden Cabbage Within the Patch

September 25, 2013 | Guides | No Comments

Located in the northwest of Gunma, the Agatsuma District is very easy to miss on a map. You may have even driven through it on your way to Nagano Prefecture or Minakami without realizing it. But doing so would be a mistake. You’d be surprised at the awesome things to be found within this hidden cabbage. (more…)

A Guide to the JLPT

September 2, 2013 | Guides | 2 Comments

JLPT Application Information 2011Twice a year, hundreds of thousands of Japanese-studying hopefuls apply for the ever-challenging Japanese language self-evaluation test—the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT). (more…)

‘Serious’ Cycling in Japan

May 21, 2013 | Guides | No Comments

You know that phrase “just like riding a bike?” I suppose the creator of this phrase found riding bikes to be the most natural thing in the world; even after not riding their bike for a long time, he or she could remember everything the second they started pedaling. Well, I envy them. (more…)