Mizukake Matsuri – Water, Water, Everywhere.

In distant times long past, there was a fire in the village of Ohara. It raged and it blazed until it was finally tamed. More than three hundred years later and the people of the village still respect the power of the flame. To ward off future bad luck the men of the area don…

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Cinema Experience in Japan

I find myself going to the cinema a lot more regularly now that I live in Japan than I did when I was in the UK. The cinema experience in Japan is unique in many ways, some of them special, some of them just sensible. There’s a bit more of a “respect for the artist”…

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Festivals in Japan

Traditional Festivals in Japan are plentiful and are generally enjoyable for all involved. They usually feature colourful clothing, loud music, bountiful amounts of food and drink, and the closure of several roadways. I haven’t really been to that many festivals outside of the Tohoku Area (up North), in fact I haven’t even been to that…

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Engrish and other ways to travel with a chuckle

I want to state this clearly before we begin: No, I am not becoming Buzzfeed. I don’t intend on making lists-with-humorous-quips a regular feature here at Where? There! Teach. It just so happens that “Engrish” is a very real, and thoroughly amusing, thing that can be seen in many places all over Japan. I’m also…

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Convenience Stores of Japan

‘The corner shop’. ‘The news agent’s’. ‘The shops’ (à la “Just gonna pop down the shops”). Just some of the many ways we refer to the humble convenience store back in the motherland. But in my experience none of them really hold a candle to the convenience stores of Japan. They’re on a whole different level….

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First Day at a Japanese School

Hello Goodbye You’ve finally arrived in Japan and got your dream teaching job, so what’s next? Well, better go to school. Duh. So what can be expected from your first day at a Japanese school? Personally I had no idea what it would be like. I can barely remember my own school days and I never considered what…

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Naked and Sweaty – Onsen Time

Hot Enough For Ya? “Onsen” is often translated to “hot spring bath” in English but I feel that it’s a unique experience that really transcends this simple title. Hot springs can be found in many countries around the world but the Japanese variation is a special beast. My first experience of an Onsen in Japan…

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Pre-amble: Now What?

Some people just WANT to travel. People travel the world for a multitude of reasons. When I finished College in the UK (well, technically it was a “Sixth Form College”) the buzz was about “finding yourself”. I kept hearing about people who wanted to understand who they were on a deeper level. Some people just…

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