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By Kristin Wilson | 20th May 2016 | No Comments

Working on JET or as an ALT can provide a pretty comfortable lifestyle for those of us in Gunma. We are afforded a decent salary along with many of the comforts of large cities (Takasaki, Maebashi) without paying Tokyo prices. Yet, I am sure all JETs would never turn down an opportunity to save a little more cash and enhance their savings for any future plans post-JET.

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By Harris Vu | 27th April 2016 | No Comments
I Can Japan [愛・感・ジャパン] 2016

Bigger, Better, Closer to Home!
Back for its 5th year, I Can Japan is happening on Saturday, May 21st starting from 4:30pm, again at the Maebashi Plaza Genki 21.

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By Rodney Sloan | 22nd January 2016 | No Comments
Snow – A Beginner’s Guide

It starts snowing and my brain goes into survival mode. My t-shirt reads “I survived Snowmageddon”, but snow is as alien to me as a South African in an izakaya. We don’t get snow in South Africa—at least that’s what I tell people—but speaking for myself, it’s more that we don’t “get” snow.

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By Cece Chu | 13th January 2016 | No Comments
Leaving JET?

It’s been about four months since I’ve left Gunma after my year on JET. I’m currently working full-time at a private school teaching third grade as an aide, while also actively looking for the next step in my career. Finding a job is on everyone’s minds as they end their tenure in Gunma. I think about Japan pretty often, and came up with a list of things I wish I knew (and wish I did) while I was in Japan. Hopefully, this can help you in preparing to go back …

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By Greg Morrison | 1st December 2015 | 1 Comment
Not Recontracting? What to Do After JET

You’ve run out of ideas for warm up activities and you no longer get excited by 24-hour combinis. JTE small talk still isn’t getting any easier and, worryingly, you’re actually starting to like melonpan. Despite Japan feeling like a second home, you’re edging towards the dramatic conclusion that is “Stage 4.” It’s time to awkwardly decline that offer to recontract because, if you’re honest with yourself, you know it’s time to move on. Only one issue remains: what next?

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By Mitch Goddard | 27th November 2015 | No Comments
Tokyo’s Top Five Cafés

As I sit in the staffroom sipping my lukewarm, bitter, flavorless school drip coffee (because I’ve run out of the next best thing, Blendy sticks) I cast my mind back to my weekend in Tokyo… visiting amazing cafés, stylishly drinking macchiatos as if I was Kim Kardashian buying shoes at Louis Vuitton. If you’re feeling like me and (constantly) craving a decent coffee then here is my top five cafés to visit in Tokyo for a bloody decent coffee.

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By Pat Penny | 13th November 2015 | 1 Comment
Takasaki’s Top Three Ramen Shops

The temperature is steadily dropping here in Takasaki. As the crisp night air of fall makes way for the dreaded karakaze of winter only one thing can drag me from the warm confines of my apartment (or my kotatsu). Ramen.

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By Joshua Andrews | 19th August 2015 | 1 Comment
Rugby in Japan

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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By Pat Penny | 6th August 2015 | 1 Comment

Think back to that magical moment when you first arrived in Japan. Spirits high, you take your first step out of the plane on a beautiful summer evening into a brave new world. A world full of opportunity, new friendships, humidity, sweat, and pit stains… You realize that jeans were a bad idea, and you wish you knew just how hot Japan really is before getting here.

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By | 14th February 2015 | No Comments

If you’ve stepped foot in a grocery store some time in the last few weeks, you’ve probably realized that it is, once again, Valentine’s Day in Japan.