Romance in a Cabbage Field

Japan is a country of repressed emotion. It's one of those stereotypes that are actually accurate. Younger generations are working to change this by doing crazy things like hugging their partners and actually telling them that they love them, but there are some events to help older people express their feelings too. One of these... Continue Reading →

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A Very Busy Summer

A lot has happened this year, specifically this summer. Most importantly, I GOT MARRIED! (ノ∀`♥ ) After dating for 7 years and moving to Japan together, I finally married my best friend. So that happened. Kind of a big deal. Work Stuff I renewed my contract with the JET Programme and just began my 2nd... Continue Reading →

Tsukimi/Undoukai English Board

September is the month of 運動会!  And the month of 月見! And the month of many public holidays! So excited to work hardly any Mondays this month. Anyway, I knew I had to do something sports day themed for this board. But I also knew that I didn't have a lot of ideas for what... Continue Reading →

Shit Children Say: Part 1/∞

So, I work at elementary schools. And everyone knows that small children are tiny aliens in vaguely human bodies and/or straight up sassy assholes. As a result, I hear some pretty hilarious stuff, so I have decided to start compiling these nuggets of wisdom (?) for posterity. Also because I think my family is getting... Continue Reading →

Inaka Life: Tsuyu

Tsuyu (梅雨) is Japan's rainy season. It usually hits around June-early July. Some people are miserable when the rain comes around, the swinging barometric pressure causes headaches and you're pretty much guaranteed to be damp all day. And the humidity is off the charts. On the other hand, I love it. I love the rain... Continue Reading →

Gunma Golden Guides: Day 2

After a very busy day of outdoor adventures, firefly walks, and sitting in onsens on Day 1, we passed out. And then were up again, very bright and early. And on to Day 2! Tanigawadake Ropeway Now most people enjoy a nice cup of coffee in the morning, especially after a long day and an... Continue Reading →

Tsuyu English Board

Tsuyu (梅雨) is the Japanese rainy season. Why are the kanji for it plum and rain? I don't know. And neither do any of the Japanese people I've asked. Anyway, it comes every year in June or thereabouts and brings a ton of rain and the occasional typhoon along with it. But it also give... Continue Reading →

Gunma Golden Guides: Day 1

What if I told you that you could go on a two day, one night, all expenses paid tour of all the best hot spots of Gunma? Perhaps you would say "No way, that's too good to be true!" or maybe "Where can I sign up??" or, maybe you would say...."what are the hot spots... Continue Reading →

Rice Planting

Late May is a very important time in the Japanese countryside. Mud becomes a carefully nurtured and valuable commodity and invading frogs become unbelievably loud at night. It's rice planting time! My house is located in a corner literally surrounded by 3 rice paddies; one right behind me and two to the side. My location... Continue Reading →

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