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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.

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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.

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By Jessie Zanutig | 1st December 2011 | 1 Comment
skiing

Snow capped peaks are already visible around Gunma, hailing the start of the winter sports season. It’s time to wax up your gear and find out why Gunma has some of the best skiing and snowboarding in Japan. Whether you’re a master of the slopes or a powder first timer, there’s something for everyone…

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By Emmet Parker | 14th October 2011 | 2 Comments
Korea-3

South Korea is a common holiday destination for JETs. One of the must-sees when going there is a village called Panmunjom, which lies in the creepy, demilitarized zone between the North and South.

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

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
angry-emoticon

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.

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By C. John Quito | 9th August 2011 | 5 Comments
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With every summer, there comes a time when a crop of ALT’s International Drivers Licenses are about to expire. To ensure my life of comfort continued, while others sweat or freeze outside of my environmentally controlled metal steed, I subjected myself to the Maebashi Practical Driving Examination.

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By Kaitlin Kirby | 26th July 2011 | No Comments
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Summer festival season is upon us. For many Japanese people it means garnishing portable shrines and dusting off traditional costumes to parade through town. For all people it means enjoying fun in the sun, food stalls and fireworks. Nothing tops off the festival season better than doing it in style!

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By Allen Bo Agunday | 25th July 2011 | No Comments
One-Year-Later

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
Volunteering-Ladys-House

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.