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Rugby in Japan

August 19, 2015 | Gunma Life | 1 Comment

World Cup rugby is just around the corner and warm-up games are already being played. As this year’s World Cup is being held in my home country (England) I thought it was high time that my friends in Gunma get a lesson on rugby.

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Sakura Guide

March 28, 2015 | Gunma Life | No Comments

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Sakura tree overlooking a cemetery at 龍光寺 (Ryukou-ji), Tomioka City. — Samantha Corpuz

Warmer weather, longer days, and flowers in bloom… Spring is slowly making its way into Gunma! (Hallelujah!) Of all the flowers putting on a show this season, none quite compare in popularity to the sakura. (more…)

Terrific Tone

March 25, 2014 | Gunma Life | No Comments

Tone RegionIn the mountainous north of Gunma is the scenic Tone District (利根郡). With Numata City (沼田市), it is home to some of Gunma’s most famous tourist locations and activities. Further divided into one town (Minakami) and three villages (Katashina, Kawaba and Showa), Tone is famous for its beautiful scenery, adventure sports, powder snow, and hot springs. In fact, Tone hosts two large GAJET events: the summer canyoning event, and the winter ski and snowboard trip. (more…)

Gunma Area Snowboard & Ski Guide

February 8, 2014 | Gunma Life | 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…)

Agatsuma: The Hidden Cabbage Within the Patch

September 25, 2013 | Gunma Life | 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…)

Gunma Prefecture, Shaped Like a Crane

August 8, 2012 | Gunma Life | 1 Comment

During university I spent a year studying abroad in Japan’s historic theme park, Kyoto. Everywhere you looked there were famous sightseeing spots and chances to experience things uniquely Japanese. This became my norm, and my generalized view of what all of Japan must be like. (more…)