A Complete Overhaul

Hello 2018

My dear readers, Due to various circumstances, I have made the conscious decision to consolidate my JET/Interac and travel blogs into one new blog. Consequently, this means that my former blog, Hello Nihon, will be no more. I am in the process of moving my posts and content over from the other platforms here.

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Making Kiritampo in Akita, Japan (TBT)

Kiritampo is one of the most popular regional foods in Akita. It’s starting to gain traction in other regions now (I even saw a kiritampo nabe place in Tokyo!), but if you don’t know what it is, it’s basically just mashed rice on a stick that’s grilled. And it makes sense, considering that Akita itself is known for its high quality rice… But the actual process, though it sounds simple, […]

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Shin Yokohama Ramen Museum

You know, despite living in Japan, I’m not a big ramen fan. I’ll indulge every once in a while, but for the most part, I try to stay away. One of the main reasons is because I don’t eat red meat and a lot of ramen is pork (bone) based. But I don’t even have a taste for shio (salt) ramen or miso ramen most of the time! And despite […]

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Finding Housing in Japan Using Mini Mini

When I first came to Japan with Interac, they took care of everything for me in terms of housing. They knew my schools (and therefore the general location), so I simply had to tell them what size apartment I wanted and they took care of the searching for me. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to specify the price, but they found a 1LDK for 63,000 a month, which was fine by […]

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Kannonzaki Lighthouse in Miura Peninsula, Yokosuka

Though I work in Yokosuka, I (consciously) try to spend as little time there as possible. For me, it’s not only too close to the workplace, but it’s also a bit too rural for me. However, I decided to stop down there one weekend to check out something I found to be very cool… Kannonzaki Lighthouse. My SO and I have always really enjoyed lighthouses. And after we missed our […]

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Why I Switched Interac Branches (Kansai to Kanto)

If you creep back to the very first posts of this particular iteration of Hello Nihon (not the wordpress version), you’ll see that I really tried to highlight all that Kansai has to offer. I loved it there, honestly. The people were great, the food was amazing, and Osaka was a perfect sized city. A year ago, if it were up to me, there’s no way that I would want […]

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Elementary School & Special Needs Graduation Ceremony

Some parting gifts… 🙁 At my last junior high school, my yearly schedule given to me by Interac was up about a week before the school year was over. This meant that I was gone around the time final exams were being taken (the scheduling was probably done this way to save the Board of Education a few bucks)… And I was gone long before graduation. So when I found […]

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Mt. Fuji & Hakone 1 Day Tour – Viator / JTB Sunrise Tours

In keeping up with my last post about my mom’s visit to Japan, I was still struggling to find new things to do with her. And suddenly, it hit me: Mt. Fuji. We had never seen the iconic mountain before! (Actually, we did once when going from Osaka to Tokyo on the Shinkansen, but that hardly counts.) I booked a Fuji tour via Viator (this is not a sponsored post) and […]

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Starbucks American Cherry Pie Frappuccino

You know, for as much as I say I don’t go to Starbucks, I’ve kind of been going to Starbucks a lot lately. As I’ve said many times before, I’m a sucker for limited edition snacks/drinks/any kind of promotion that comes out. However, Starbucks drinks don’t usually catch my eye. They’ve had some interesting sounding drinks, but nothing that I’d rush over to try… Until I saw the American Cherry […]

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