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By Shelby Heilig | 21st May 2013 | No Comments
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You know that phrase “just like riding a bike?” I suppose the creator of this phrase found riding bikes to be the most natural thing in the world; even after not riding their bike for a long time, he or she could remember everything the second they started pedaling. Well, I envy them.

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By Jaime Ota | 10th April 2013 | No Comments

So we have entered into the new fiscal year, which means that some changes were made to your staff. This, in turn, means that sometime in April, the staff that has left will come back one day to have an official ceremony to say goodbye to the students, and then you will be asked to attend the Kansougeikai, a “Welcome Goodbye Party”.

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By Margaret Smith | 4th March 2013 | 3 Comments
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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 had just witnessed.

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By Rachael Mahan | 3rd December 2012 | 4 Comments
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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 sure it’s not that bad!”

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By Laura Vaughn | 31st October 2012 | No Comments
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Many of you might be wondering, “Why Hokkaido?” when Gunma has so many wonderful places for winter sports that you never have to leave the prefecture. However, sometimes the traveling bug hits you and you feel the need to seek adventure somewhere outside of Gunma.

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By Chris De Borja | 5th September 2012 | 2 Comments
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Tired of playing janken or too afraid to dive into the mayhem of pachinko? Want to learn a new game that can impress your staff? Then Koi-koi is the game for you!

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By Margaret Smith | 8th August 2012 | No Comments
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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.

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By Chelsey Reid | 19th July 2012 | 1 Comment
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If you’re looking for the perfect day trip in Gunma, look no further than Fujido Cave. Located in the southern-most tip of Gunma, this cave is the largest in the Kanto region and is known to attract nature-starved Tokyoites and outdoor adventurers alike.

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By Clarissa Stewart | 12th July 2012 | 1 Comment
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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!

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By Ingrid Morin-Strom | 29th February 2012 | No Comments
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If you are like me and have a fascination with monkeys, and don’t mind climbing snowy mountains, the Jigokudani Yaenkoen Snow Monkey Onsen in Nagano is the perfect adventure for you. It’s actually one of the most exciting things I’ve done in Japan so far.