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Minakami’s Artisan Village

December 21, 2011 | Gunma 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.

Kechi Japan

September 5, 2011 | Guides | 1 Comment

Whether you’re a new ALT kitting out your first Japanese home, or a Gunma veteran who spent the summer gallivanting around Asia, chances are your bank balance took a hit this summer.

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 | 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 | Blog | 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.