Hello from America! :D The time has come...!! Towards the end of July, I followed through with my earlier decision and finished up my contract with JET. I then started to say goodbye to everyone and everything that had been a part of my life for the past two years. :( I felt that it … Continue reading Goodbye Japan! じゃあね~
Hello!! It's been a while since I've posted - whoops! Big life changes have been happening (post coming up on that soon) and my once-a-month blog post goal kind of flew out the window... BUT! I am back on track for the rest of the year. :) Now then! Even though pretty all of my family and … Continue reading My ALT School Life with JET
While Okinawa's food didn't particularly blow me away, I had an nice time trying some of it's dishes. :) My Top 4 1. Mozuku Tempura I guess this is kind of cheating because I love tempura, but this stuff was really good! Mozuku is a a seaweed exclusive to Okinawa. In it's non-tempura form, it's kind of thick, … Continue reading Okinawan Food: 4 Favorites, and Extra Goodies!
Alright! Next up, the southern-most prefecture in Japan, Okinawa! In March, I took a week off in between school years (new school year begins in April) and headed to the warm (not hot) Okinawa islands. :) So let's get to it! About Okinawa Okinawa is a series of islands south of Japan's main islands, and to … Continue reading Okinawa: Trip Overview
I've been in Japan for over a year and a half now, but visiting Koya-San last summer really left an impression on me. From being surrounded by enormous, moss covered trees in Japan's largest cemetery, watching the lanterns along the path slowly flickering awake, to attending early morning Buddhist prayers with a burning ceremony that I … Continue reading Koya-san: Our Night at a Japanese Mountain Temple
First of all, let's preface this post by saying that I really really really love onsen culture in Japan! :D Onsen (温泉) is Japanese for hot spring, and they can be found all over Japan. If you see the ♨ symbol anywhere, it usually means you are in store for some naked chill time. ;) In a nutshell, … Continue reading Onsen Time in Gero
This past weekend I took a snowy 6 hour train/bus voyage from Mie, my home prefecture, into Gifu, which is a land-locked, mountainous prefecture north of me. The destination was the village of Ogimachi in Shirakawa-go, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for the uniquely steep and thatched roof structure of its traditional houses! About the Shirakawa Region Ogimachi is a village located in … Continue reading Shirakawa-go: Snow, Mountains, and an Old School Japanese Village!