Thrifting in Japan: Clap Hands in Yokohama

After my jaunt to Cosmo World, I decided to take a walk around and check out World Porters for lunch. Since I wasn’t super hungry, I decided to take a walk through the different floors. I go to World Porters pretty often (Hawaiian Town!) so I’m familiar with a good number of the shops inside. However, I had never noticed (or maybe I noticed it, but I didn’t pay any […]

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School Tour: My English Room (Elementary School ALT)

One of the most disheartening things to me, when I first started teaching, was the fact that I didn’t have my own classroom. (Heck, I didn’t even have my own English board!) I knew an entire classroom dedicated to English was a lot to expect, especially because I’m not even technically a full time teacher! Though, I think it’s more common to have English rooms in elementary schools (where they […]

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My First (English) Doctor’s Visit in Japan

If there’s one thing to remember about me, it’s that I’m almost perpetually sick with one thing or another. Last month it was a runny nose; this month’s ailment is a dry cough and a headache. Despite this, I only went to the doctor in Japan for the first time last month. Since I arrived in Japan, I’ve been enrolled in the NHI (National Health Insurance) program, which covers a […]

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Happy Strawberry Day ~ いちごの日

Happy Strawberry Day! Did you know that the official strawberry day of Japan is January 15th? Photo by Flickr user Anna Peaches It’s a play on the Japanese word for strawberry, which is “ichigo”. And if you’ve been practicing your Japanese, you know that the Japanese word for one is “ichi” and the Japanese word for five is “go”. 15 = ichi-go = strawberry! But why January 15th? Wouldn’t that […]

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Ramen Review – Cup Noodle Premium “Shark Fin” Flavor

Did you know my first Japan blog was actually started in 2012? I was so amazed by the plethora of flavors and brands available that I decided to start a ramen blog where I chronicled all of the different flavors I ate and my opinions on them. (Un)fortunately, the blog is now deleted and I gave up on the endeavor pretty quickly. I soon realized that buying ramen daily when […]

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Tokyo’s First Virtual Reality Arcade

If this is your first time hearing about Tokyo’s latest virtual reality gaming attraction VR Zone – Project i Can, buckle up because it’s a crazy cool ride. I first heard about the exhibit online, and as soon as I read about it, I was sold. I needed to go! Now, mind you, I’ve never had an interest in virtual reality before. I didn’t understand the hype. Yeah, it sounded […]

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What’s a Kansai

  Image courtesy of Flickr user Fernanda Bento Sad to say, but when I tell my friends and family that I live in Kansai, they have no idea what I’m talking about. “Is that Tokyo?” they’ll mostly ask, their knowledge of Japan limited to it’s capitol and nothing more. So I thought I’d make it easy and explain… What is Kansai, exactly?

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