Sado Island – Gold, Boats and Sake

After a long and awesome road trip me and my girlfriend finally arrived at Sado Island in Niigata, Japan. Even though the hotel seemed over-priced at first it was quickly redeemed by it’s exquisite dinner arrangement centred around fresh sea-food from the local area. We’d arrived in the evening so our sightseeing activities only truly began the next day. After…

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Sado Island – A Road Trip

One of the perks of being an English teacher with a private company in Japan is that I get holidays in summer and in winter. This gives me a couple of time windows in which I can go travelling. One summer me and my girlfriend went to Sado Island, off the coast of Niigata city….

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Gyeongju, South Korea – Target Practice

When I visited South Korea I spread my time across two cities. The bustling capital Seoul and the charming, historical Gyeongju. I started off in Gyeongju by taking part in a Templestay program and for the remainder I booked a homestay near the city centre. While staying there I was able to explore and enjoy…

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Gyeongju, South Korea – Homestay and a Hottie

When I visited South Korea a few years ago there were a number of distinct sections to the trip. The first leg involved staying at a Buddhist temple near the city of Gyeongju. The second part also took place in that city but that time I signed up for a homestay-come-B-n-B with a lovely family near…

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Traditional Dances of Iwate

Traditions are a vital part of Japan’s cultural image and many of them still play a very active part in modern society. The traditional dances of Iwate surface frequently during the course of the year. Festivals are an obvious place to catch them but there are also special performances that are often free. Sansa-tional My experience of…

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Templestay in South Korea

I’d been interested in going to South Korea for a number of years before I finally managed to go. My last solo trip was about six years before I went to Korea so I was itching to do some adventuring by my lonesome. After booking the flight I took to ferociously googling “things to do…

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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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First Time in Japan

These “Memory Lane” posts are here to tell the story leading up to my current status as a TEFL Teacher in Japan. What was I doing? Why was I doing it? and, of course, Where was I? Family Connections The very first time I came to Japan I was only about five or six years…

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