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Welcome to Gunma

August 25, 2010 | Travel | No Comments

Hi. My Name is Ian McDonald. After a massive 3 day gauntlet of introductory conferences in Tokyo, seeing Gunma from a bus window for the first time served up quite a shock to my initial expectations of what life was going to be like in Japan. The proud skyscrapers of Shinjuku thawed quickly into a […]

Come What Ume

June 24, 2010 | Food and Drink | No Comments

With the sun rising at some ungodly hour and then beating down on me all day it is no wonder that after a hard day of work I feel like a refreshing tipple.   And with the summers warmth comes a great fruit; the ume. It is from this very fruit that comes a traditional, fragrant […]

GAJET Committee 2010-2011

June 15, 2010 | News and Announcements | No Comments

With the new JET year quickly upon us, we have recently witnessed the landslide victory of the new GAJET committee for the 2010-2011 year.  So, without further ado, let’s enjoy jikko shoukai survey!  Maybe you’ll even learn a little something you didn’t know before!

“He Who Climbs Fuji is a Wise Man”

June 7, 2010 | Travel | 1 Comment

A wise old man in some corner of Japan once said, “He who climbs Fuji is a wise man.  He who climbs twice is a fool.”  It’s been almost one year since I myself made the ascent up Japan’s highest peak, and perhaps it is my foolish intention to reach the summit again this August.

Easy Peasy Games for Elementary

April 15, 2010 | Teaching | 1 Comment

I was excited to be teaching at Junior High School when I arrived in Japan a year and a half ago, but more than a little anxious about Elementary School. It turned out that all my worst fears were true: I would get no supplies, no help, no plan and no ideas from the Elementary […]

Hanami-zake

April 3, 2010 | Japan life | 1 Comment

According to Philip Harper, author of “The Book of Sake: A Connoisseur’s Guide”, former JET Programme participant (1988-1991), and now the sake brewmaster (toji) at Daimon Shuzo in Osaka Prefecture: “Enjoying whatever flowers are in bloom is one of the seasonal pleasures of Japanese life. Flower-viewing revelries are not complete without sake—a drink affectionately referred […]