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Fancy Voting in a Quick Poll?

Update [21/04]: Thanks to everyone who has voted in the poll! I will now start working on new posts in order of the topics that received the most votes. Keep an eye on my blog as I’ll be starting with ideas and suggestions on what incoming JETs should (and should not) pack for Japan! Hi…… Continue reading Fancy Voting in a Quick Poll?

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The Flavours of Spring

One of the many reasons that I love Japan is the amazing, and mostly weird, flavours they come up with for chocolates, chips, and drinks. A lot of these flavours run closely with the seasons, so for example you will find pumpkin-flavoured ice-creams around autumn, and banana-flavoured chips in summer. Just recently Kit-Kat released their…… Continue reading The Flavours of Spring

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The Highs and Lows of the New Year

You’ve probably noticed that I haven’t been all that active here recently, and I apologise for that as I always aim to get posts out at least once a week. However, I think this time there are a few factors that are contributing to my recent lack of posts, and what I believe it really…… Continue reading The Highs and Lows of the New Year

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Random Weekend Post in Pics

Nothing much has been happening since sports day, so I thought to share some random pictures with you that I took this weekend. To start with, the part-time science teacher at school is pretty cool – he once made ice-cream through some freaky chemical reaction – and is always showing me his latest trick or…… Continue reading Random Weekend Post in Pics

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The ‘Cute and Fluffy’ is Coming…

My wallet cried out in protest today. Well, it should be used to this by now. With the weather slowly changing to autumn and the temperatures dropping, it knows that the ‘season’ is now upon us. And that ‘season’ is when all things cute, fluffy and warm invade my favourite shop! I am a sucker…… Continue reading The ‘Cute and Fluffy’ is Coming…

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The Onomichi ‘Cat Street View’ Map

I just discovered that I’m not the only person who has a thing for cats in Onomichi. Turns out that the tourism board of Hiroshima has gone and made an online street map of certain areas of Onomichi, but from the perspective of cats! I knew doing my ‘Official Onomichi Cat Count’ wasn’t a totally…… Continue reading The Onomichi ‘Cat Street View’ Map

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A Brief Interlude

August is the month of summer vacation in Japan. A time where desk-warming is in full swing, the art of looking busy has been mastered, and English speech contest coaching is called for. Additionally, this is usually the best time (along with Christmas time) to take nenkyu (paid leave) and go travelling or visit home.…… Continue reading A Brief Interlude

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Koyasan: Introduction and Okunoin

Koyasan, or Mount Koya in English, is a small town that sits almost 900m above sea level in the Wakayama Prefecture. It is the centre of Shingon Buddhism and this year is celebrating its 1200th anniversary of the founding of the Buddhist sect. As someone who has a keen interest in Buddhism, I couldn’t pass…… Continue reading Koyasan: Introduction and Okunoin