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This is Halloween

September 29, 2010 | Teaching | No Comments

Halloween is upon us — that spooky mysterious holiday that the Japanese people know nearly nothing about.  The trees in Gunma will begin to change colours, and there is a cool crisp feeling in the air – a reminder that winter is drawing near and our towns will soon be covered in a blanket of […]

Around the world, konnyaku is known by many names: devil’s tongue, konjac, 蒟蒻, konjar, voodoo lily, snake palm, but to 45 people (since 1995), it is better known as the cause of death! Perhaps we should get to know this potential menace lurking in the (brightly lit) shadows of our local supermarkets and convenience stores […]

Canyoning in Minakami

September 14, 2010 | Gunma Life | No Comments

What exactly is canyoning? To the uninformed layman the word may conjure up images of an adventurous trip exploring a canyon, although the details are not readily apparent. It sounds interesting, but uninformative. In my expert opinion (I am a one-time canyoning veteran as of this past weekend) I would more appropriately name it, “waterfalling” […]

Gunma’s Penis Museum

August 29, 2010 | Gunma Life | No Comments

“Did you come to this country to pray for the proper functioning of your genitals?” — Not quite!  But regardless, I handed over 900 yen to the creepy lady in her penis garden and began the tour of Gunma’s only penis museum.

Welcome to Gunma

August 25, 2010 | Gunma Life | 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!