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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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