Travelling In Japan

Ever had a stranger use your shoulder as a pillow? No? Well if you’re going to be using a local train in Japan don’t be surprised if this happens. Luckily, travelling in Japan isn’t always so awkward. Planes Most visitors’ to Japan will be familiar with Narita International Airport but there are many smaller airports dotted around…

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Winter In Japan – Get the Tauntauns ready!

Surviving winter in Japan, especially the northern Tohoku region, can be a struggle; but it’s not impossible. With a little thought and careful planning anyone can pass through these treacherous times of chilliness relatively unscathed. Keep it toasty When the temperature starts to drop I know it’s time to set up possibly the greatest Japanese…

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Akita With A Friend Continued

Getting to know the locals is an essential part of blending and feeling comfortable in a foreign culture. Luckily for me I have found Japanese people to be very welcoming, particularly in the northern Tohoku region of the country. One of my Japanese co-teachers even invited me on a trip to stay with his family…

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Akita With A Friend

When beginning the journey of living in a foreign country it really helps to get some local friends. They can help with cultural barriers and situations requiring a deeper knowledge of the native language. Plus, they’ll know where all the best bars are. I’m actually quite a shy person, especially when it comes to talking…

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Work in Japan – The Arrival

Flying half-way around the world can be a daunting thing, even more so when it’s to do a job you’ve no experience of, in an area that was recently devastated by a cataclysmic natural disaster. But for whatever reason, that’s exactly what I did in June 2011. I came to work in Japan. How does…

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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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