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By Fitzgerard Restituyo | 25th September 2013 | No Comments

Located in the northwest of Gunma, the Agatsuma District is very easy to miss on a map. You may have even driven through it on your way to Nagano Prefecture or Minakami without realizing it. But doing so would be a mistake. You’d be surprised at the awesome things to be found within this hidden cabbage.

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By Brandon Killby | 2nd September 2013 | 2 Comments

Twice a year, hundreds of thousands of Japanese-studying hopefuls apply for the ever-challenging Japanese language self-evaluation test—the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT).

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By Maria Bar(uxis) | 22nd August 2013 | 3 Comments

When I first arrived in Japan last year, I was so anxious about so many things, I thought I’d resolve into a puddle of nerves and that’d be that. But, here I am, still in a more-or-less solid state of matter and keen on easing any apprehensions Gunma’s newcomers might have about self introductions (jiko shōkai).

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By Patrick McGarvey | 21st August 2013 | 5 Comments

A reality for many coming to Japan—even in Gunma, which boasts the highest number of cars per capita in mainland Japan—is that a bicycle becomes one’s main form of transportation.

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By Jennifer Cohen | 21st July 2013 | No Comments

If you are interested in getting outside this summer and breathing in some fresh mountain air, testing your strength and being adventurous, why not try climbing Mt. Myogi?

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By Shelby Heilig | 21st May 2013 | No Comments

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 | 4 Comments

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

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

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!