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By Allen Bo Agunday | 25th July 2011 | No Comments

One year ago, I wondered, with a mixture of excitement and trepidation, what adventures and stories lay in wait? For me, it all truly began the moment the plane touched down on the runway at Narita.

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By Robin Stafford | 28th June 2011 | 1 Comment

If a picture is worth a thousand words, seeing it in person is worth at least a million. Yet there were no words good enough to describe the devastation seen in Ofunato, Iwate Prefecture.

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By Mark Daniels | 23rd June 2011 | 3 Comments

It’s close to two years since I arrived in Japan. Like many JETs, I’m now in preparation for the big kikoku. Of course, there are plenty of things to think about, to organise, and to clean! But between all of the practical considerations, there’s an equally important set of frankly quite distracting feelings regarding the end of this chapter… and the start of a new one.

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By Claire Kelly | 15th June 2011 | 1 Comment

“What are you doing for Golden Week?” A question frequently heard amongst ALTs as early as January. For some, it’s being planned in their minds almost as soon as they learn what Golden Week is – the appropriately named public holidays spanning over two weeks – meaning you only need two days of nenkyu to enjoy a full 10 days off!

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By Emma Evans | 9th June 2011 | 4 Comments

On a sunny Saturday in June, teams of ALTs made their way to Nagano hoping to be crowned winners of the bi-annual ALT Soccer Tournament.

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By Ashley McRae | 3rd June 2011 | 2 Comments

Waking to a blaring alarm clock at 4:45am on a Sunday is not everyone’s idea of a pleasant morning. But for me, May 29th was my first ‘marathon’ – something I’d been quite nervous and excited about for a long time!

Food and Drink »

By Chuck Clenney | 28th February 2011 | No Comments

Few things can both physically and metaphorically encompass the current cultural transformations and bewildering fusion of new and old styles present in modern-day Japan, especially while being incredibly delicious and covered in chocolate: meet the world of Japanese KitKats.

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By Laura Roberts | 23rd February 2011 | 3 Comments

Takaragawa Onsen in the mountains of Minakami is not your average onsen. This one is mixed and allows for the rare opportunity to visit an onsen as a family or with friends.

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By Jessie Zanutig | 10th February 2011 | 4 Comments

For Americans, getting a Japanese drivers license can be an absolute nightmare with often an entire spring-break devoted to mastering the driving course. For the rest of us, one simple afternoon at the driving office is all it takes to hit the roads again!

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By Jessie Zanutig | 31st January 2011 | No Comments

I have been living in Japan for the past eighteen months and still to this day, and much to the shock and horror of the Japanese people I encounter, I have no clue what my blood type is. The first question I was asked by my students during my self-introduction on the first day of class was, “What is your blood type?” Never in my life have I been asked that question by anyone, let alone a fourteen year old kid in broken English.