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My first year on JET, as I followed the other teachers to the school gym for graduation, I was filled with anticipation and excitement. I was eager to celebrate my students’ accomplishments and the completion of an important step in their education. Hours later I was stiff, cold, and a little confused about what I […]
I’ve been a vegetarian for over 9 years (lacto-ovo, meaning eggs and dairy are okay). When I moved here, I read articles about how hard it was to be a vegetarian in Japan. However, I was not willing to give up my strong personal beliefs, and to tell you the truth, I thought, “Ah, I’m […]
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.
It’s an experience many of us have had…you enter your local supermarket, only to be confronted by endless shelves of strange ingredients you have no idea how to use. Whether you’re a newcomer to Japan or a veteran resident, don’t resign yourself to sticking with what you know!