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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 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!

Travel »

By Margaret Smith | 8th August 2012 | 1 Comment
Shorinzan

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.

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By Keith Watson | 22nd December 2011 | No Comments
Zaou

The thought of catching your dinner before you eat might sound a bit like hard work. But for a truly unique, and crazily Japanese experience, there’s a lively restaurant where you catch it, cook it and eat it.

日本 in General »

By Jessie Zanutig | 21st December 2011 | No Comments
Takuminosato

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.

Guides »

By Keith Watson | 5th September 2011 | 1 Comment
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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.

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By Keith Watson | 9th August 2011 | 1 Comment
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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 meet up at the weekend, or sent an SMS to one of the teachers at my school, I’ve done it with a dirty look.