Treasure Hunting in Nagano

I was lucky that Japan had a long weekend from January 8th to 10th, so I headed there for the getaway. Why did I choose Nagano? One of my reasons were I wanted to go somewhere that was within the 3 hour radius of where I lived via bullet train.  Because it was snow season, heaps of people I knew where posting up photos on facebook of the snow monkeys they saw at the Monkey Park and I wanted to see for my own eyes.  Nagano has many national treasures and was the place that hosted the 1998 Olympics.  If […]

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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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Tripping into Edo world

Over a weekend on October 3rd and 4th of 2015 to be exact, I headed off to explore Nikko with my two friends, A and N.   For us, it wasn’t a long weekend or anything. It was intended to be a relaxing weekend at the onsen, but it turned out to be much more.  The trip became an adventurous trip into the past of Japan. Traveling to Nikko was very simple and easy.  A and I took a train from the town I lived in to Nikko.  We started around 8:30am in the morning and getting there about 10:30am […]

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My JET Application Experience – Essay – Part 2

A few weeks ago, I wrote a blog entry about my JET application experience.  I want to continue that with a Part 2 and talk about most essential part of the application – the essay. The statement of purpose is a very important part of your application. The application itself (or at least the one I did when applying in Australia) was 21 pages long already, but the statement of purpose serves as a way for you to be personal and tell your story to the interviewers. I am by no means an expert in writing essays or statements of […]

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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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Off to Kamakura

During December 2015, my parents visited me in Japan.  I was lucky to be able to take a few days away from work and use that time to take my parents around some parts of Japan. One of the places we went to was Kamakura.  I had meaning to go for some time since arriving in Japan, but never really found the time.  I visited a couple (literally) of the major shrines there and walked the local streets.  It is no doubt a “touristy” place; nevertheless, a delightful place to adventure around.  I managed to also see a little bit […]

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