Onsen Away

Around the end of April “slash” beginning of May, it was Golden Week in Japan. Golden Week is one of the best holidays in Japan because people get a consecutive three day holiday during the middle of the week. Now this doesn’t sound like much, but trust me when I say it sure does mean a lot to the Japanese working society. Fortunately for me I didn’t have any commitments at school during that week, so I was able to fully enjoy the time off work. I do know some people, however, depending on where they work who did have to work even over the holidays… which […]

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Living Alone – The Truth

It is nearly one-year since I moved away from my hometown and started a cultural luxurious life in Japan.  I moved away from my home town about one year ago.  The move was overwhelming, exciting, tiring, frustrating yet satisfying. This was my second time moving out but truthfully the first time to know what moving out really meant. My first time moving out, you could say, was a bit of a failure.  I was still back in my home town and choose to move out of home to live closer to work.  The idea seemed good at the time, but […]

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Black Friday

Friday is usually my favourite day of the week.  I would dare to say it is the same for many people as well.  What’s not to love about Friday? It is the last day of the long week. It is the day before the weekend.  It is the day where anyone could go out drinking and past out for literally two days and feel ok when returning back into work for the following week. Ain’t Fridays great? In most cases, I would definitely say so. I have never been superstitious person.  When I realised that it was the 13th today, […]

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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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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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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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A Meaningful Tuesday

Not sure how you spent your Tuesday yesterday, but I sure had a great one.  Yesterday, I went and worked at a school that teaches kids who suffer from personal disorders or disabilities.  The school is located in the same area I live in Japan.  The purpose of the school is to teach their students to learn basic knowledge and living skills such as cleaning, washing, and more.  The school also strives to help these kids find a part-time job after graduating from high school.   Very different to other schools in Japan, this school has students studying in primary, junior […]

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