Hanami, flowering viewing, is a popular event each year during spring time to witness the beautiful, pink return of spring to Gunma’s mountains and valleys. However, the Kanra Castle Town Obata Sakura Festival is not your ordinary hanami experience.
Thanks to everyone who came out to the barbecue today. The weather was chilly, but the people (and food) were warm. Check out some of the photos below! Photos taken by Gavin Au-Yeung and Haydn Zimmer (as noted in individual photo captions).
If you’re like me, the first time you saw the plastic trays of strawberries at the supermarket in Japan, you jumped for joy. Back home, strawberries were not a seasonal treat, but a year-round expectation.
“Hello, my name is Jansen, and I’ll be your new ALT!” Teaching at two senior high schools for almost four years, I’ve greeted my share of new students. With April just around the corner, it’ll once again be time for the self-introduction, or jikoshokai, lesson.