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So unhappy to meet you

August 9, 2011 | Guides | 1 Comment

I must confess my stupidity. During my first 12 months in Japan I have been confusing the Japanese emoticon for ‘smiley’ with the one for ‘angry face’. It suddenly dawned on me, with a cold chill of realisation, that every time I emailed a new friend for the first time, or made a plan to […]

I’m melting! I’m melting!

July 28, 2011 | Blog, Guides | 3 Comments

Has your kitchen turned into an oven? Your living room into a sauna? And your bedroom into a hot yoga studio? If yes, it’s likely you’re living in the middle of Japan during the middle of summer. And, oh yeah, in the middle of an energy crisis.

Yatta! My Yukata!

July 26, 2011 | Guides | No Comments

Summer festival season is upon us. For many Japanese people it means garnishing portable shrines and dusting off traditional costumes to parade through town. For all people it means enjoying fun in the sun, food stalls and fireworks. Nothing tops off the festival season better than doing it in style!

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.

Sayonara ha kanashii kotoba jya nai

June 23, 2011 | Japan life | 3 Comments

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 […]