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 […]

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Hiking Mount Takao

I visited Mt Takao in October 2015.  It was a day trip with my friend A and we managed to make our way to the mounts of 599 meters. Mount Takao turned out to be surprising close by to Tokyo.  Not only that, it was found to be a very well organised area with the option of a cable car or rope car to take you up the mountain.  I call this entry Hiking Mount Takao, but that wasn’t exactly […]

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English Speaking Social Club (ESS Club)

At my base school, there is an ESS club.  ESS stands for English Speaking Social Club. Not every Japanese High school has such a club.  It is mostly the high academic or high school that have a strong focus on English that have time.  It is typically a group of high school students who come together after school in their own time and they use it as an opportunity to speak in English or do activities such as games in […]

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Culture Shock in Japan 101

Different people experience different levels of cultural shock depending on their upbringing, life experience, general expectation or mentality to handling change or differences.  Since I started my new journey in Japan, I have experienced a number of cultural shock here.  It hasn’t affected me majorly or made me personally disoriented in anyway due to unfamiliar ways of life in Japan.  Nonetheless, I have had a few “moments” of shock that I want to share and talk about. More information – […]

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My Obon in Japan

Obon is a time in Japan where Japanese people return home (as in parents home or main family house) and pay their respects to the deceased loved ones. Where I live in Kazo, Saitama, shops or semi big grocery stores would close one or two days for their employees to celebrate obon with their family. I did not realise how big or important the occasion was to Japanese people as I was not fully aware of it until one of […]

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Hello, its me. Not Adele

I finally managed to make it happen.  My first blog and having my own blog.  It has taken me a while to really sit down and make this happen. The world is filled with heaps of tools and how-tos, surely it’s not that hard to put something like this together.  Nonetheless, like many things, it is all about commitment and dedication. I cannot guarantee that I can update every single interesting or weird event that happens to me.  However, I […]

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