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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. (more…)

Sakura Guide

March 28, 2015 | Guides, Japan life, Travel | 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…)

Minakami’s Artisan Village

December 21, 2011 | Japan life | No Comments

If you have yet to make a trip up into the mountains of Minakami for an art-filled day, slap it near the top of your Gunma bucket list. Takumi-no-sato (たくみの里) is an entire village filled with far too many hands-on traditional Japanese art workshops to even consider doing every one in a day. (more…)

One Year Later

July 25, 2011 | Japan life | No Comments


One year ago, I wondered, with a mixture of excitement and trepidation, what adventures and stories lay in wait? For me, it all truly began the moment the plane touched down on the runway at Narita.

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Sayonara ha kanashii kotoba jya nai

June 23, 2011 | Japan life | 3 Comments

Sayonara

It’s close to two years since I arrived in Japan. Like many JETs, I’m now in preparation for the big kikoku. Of course, there are plenty of things to think about, to organise, and to clean! But between all of the practical considerations, there’s an equally important set of frankly quite distracting feelings regarding the end of this chapter… and the start of a new one.

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