All About Ceremonies

Japan is big with ceremonies.  This is specially true when you work at a school.  I understand opening and graduation ceremonies are important as a way of celebration for crucial moment for students who are coming and going.  I personally do not like ceremonies. Ceremonies in Japan took especially a long time.  Attending them, you witness, while a principal is giving everyone a speech after so many others have beforehand, other teachers who are simply there are dozing off. You can totally tell they are because their heads are bobbing up and down so very slightly as you watch them […]

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Choco on Valentines and White Day

Being a person who has a major sweet tooth and goes out of her way to explore new desserts, I feel very lucky to be living in an age and in a country where desserts takes numerous shapes and forms.  Chocolate is a very delicious delicacy that I love very much.  Every year, in February 14th, people would give their friends, loved or close ones a gift, which could be a card, candy or flowers, to express their gratitude or love to them.  The receiving end of that gift is known as the sender’s valentine. Chocolate is a popular gift […]

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Happy Straya Day 2016

Today marks the 6 month anniversary since I came landed in Japan.  How time passes by when you are having fun.  Australia Day is a little of a funny celebration I feel because it is actually the day where my home country Australia started by having convicts shipped from Europe.  So, all in all, it is like a day we are celebrating the convicts getting shipped off shore to another land so that the motherland, UK, did not need to take care of them.  Very odd yet interesting I guess.  These days, we celebrate Australia Day by turning on the […]

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Nengajo Tradition

Nengajo is the Japanese word for New Year Cards.  Sending out nengajo is a Japanese tradition that you do once a year and rely on the Japan post office to ensure that they arrive before or on  January 1st.  Very similar if not the same to the purpose of what a Christmas card serves.  You can choose to design the postcards or buy pre-designed ones.  It is a rather fun and creative way to get in touch with people you wish and tell them how you have been. Until a few months ago, I had no clue what New Year […]

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Trekking around Takasaki

Having only 3 days into the new year, I started my adventure for 2016 and I chose Takasaki City (高崎市) in Gunma (群馬県).  I actually had no idea about what Takasaki had to offer until I decided to go the evening before.  I knew it existed because when catching the train often enough, you start to notice the terminal stations on certain lines you get on in between.  A quick search online and I found that Takasaki is like a gem that does not get enough attention.  During my research, I came across a website, visitgunma.jp.  The website had a […]

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Christmas Japan Style

Christmas time is a funny time of the year.  Yes, I say funny.  My own family does not celebrate it. Not in recently year at the very last.  Growing up in an Asian family with hardworking parents, you end up working along with this.  The so-called celebration for me was generally at the family restaurant and meals eaten not at a table but a fridge top.  On a handful of years, my family had gone to a Christmas buffet at a restaurant down the Gold Coast.  But, this year, I celebrated Christmas and New Years in Japan.  It isn’t the […]

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Embracing Thanksgiving

I never quite knew what the big deal was with Thanksgiving.  I only knew that it was a day for families to get together and celebrate with food.  Moreover, I also knew from my previous job that most of my American colleague would by not available to help with any technical issues that occur during that time, so I was on my own.  But this year, I celebrated my first Thanksgiving with a bunch of good JET people at a friend’s place.  As an Australian, where we do not celebrate such an occasion, I was able to embrace it and […]

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School night at Chichibu

Chichibu festival – one of the biggest festivals in Japan that happens every year in December 3rd.  Lucky me – I managed to attend this festival this year with my mate N. I was lucky to be able to get away from work early and take the train to Chichibu.  Chichibu is approximately 2 hours away from the town I live in. It was lots of fun. Filled with heaps of culture and an enormous amount of people.  The official parade started at about 6:30pm.  I got to see two major floating shrines go around the street around. These floating […]

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Happy 3-Month Anniversary

Today marks the day where I have lived in Japan for 3 months.  Time sure does fly by when you are having fun and enjoying new adventures.  My time so far has definitely not been without obstacles.  Every day is a new adventure.  Every day is a new challenge.  Every day I learn some more about this new place I am living in.  Cheers for all the ALTs for surviving this far. Up to this point, I have already heard I few friends being asked by their Board of Education (BOE) whether they would like to stay on board for […]

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