How to get an EpiPen in Japan

Disclaimer: this is written from the perspective of someone who has carried an EpiPen before and was trying to get a prescription to replace an expired injector, not get a first time script issued. This is also not intended to be a medical guide, merely a (hopefully useful) description of my own experience. Where to... Continue Reading →

Tsuyu English Board – Version 2

When I first started working on this board, it had been pouring rain for days and a tsuyu (rainy season) theme seemed very fitting. Now that I've finished it, it's sunny and hovering around 30 degrees, where it will be for the rest of the week. Uuuuuuuugh. Anyway, I'm extremely pleased with what I've done... Continue Reading →

Jomo Karuta (Part 3)

This post is a continuation of my Jomo Karuta series. You can also check out Part 1 and Part 2. These cards are not listed in any particular order, and I will only post about a card once I have visited the pertaining location. My goal is to visit all the locations listed on the... Continue Reading →

Inaka Life: Sweet Potato Planting

Both of my schools are in rural environments, so part of the curriculum includes some farming and community involvement. Every year, the 5th graders go out to the nearby farms and help plant rice. We also have a school garden and field that students cycle crops through during the year. But by far the largest... Continue Reading →

Python on the lam in Yokohama

This week, the news cycle in Japan finally got a break from the endless coverage of the pandemic, the Olympics, and how they're both being handled badly. Instead, we got to sit around and watch daily update reports on the police search for.....a 3.5 meter (11.5 ft) 13 kg (29lbs) reticulated python (アミメニシキヘビ) that escaped... Continue Reading →

I wrote an alumni blog post for my university!

Over the course of the pandemic, a couple of very organized and go-getter alumni from the Japanese Studies program at my university created an alumni association. They've done a fantastic job reconnecting people, hosting coffee hours with our old professors, and doing a series of web lectures featuring various alumni and their careers. It's incredible... Continue Reading →

Inaka Life: Daffodils

My town, Higashiagatsuma-machi, is one of the biggest producers of wild daffodils (ラッパ水仙) in Japan. The daffodils are such a big deal to this town, that our mascot is even a daffodil. He's a daffodil fairy creatively named Suisen-chan (his name is literally daffodil c'mon guys). He's adorable and I love him. Anyway, many farmers... Continue Reading →

Animal Crossing/Spring English Board

So Animal Crossing: New Horizons came out around this time last year. Everyone was super excited about it, and every ALT I knew was doing Animal Crossing English Boards or decorations. I wanted in on the hype, so I made my little Animal Crossing board that I thought was super cute and the kids would... Continue Reading →

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