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Moments Before Summer’s End

The days are getting shorter, which sadly means summer is coming to an end.  This week, I have had some time to reflect on my busy summer.  In addition to spending 18 days back in Chicago with my family, I danced in a traditional Japanese festival, helped new ALTs get acquainted with their job at […]

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Train Stories #3: The Man Who Cried Out

Fully recovered from a 7.2 magnitude earthquake that destroyed the city and killed thousands in 1995, Kobe is a trendy Japanese port city in the Kansai region of the country.  With a population of about 1.5 million and close to Kyoto and Osaka, it is also one of the larger metropolises in Japan. I recently […]

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Teaching Tips for New JETs

Exactly one year ago, I arrived in Japan to begin my tenure with the JET Programme as an Assistant Language Teacher (ALT) in Namerikawa, Japan. My plan was to stay a year, save some money, see another side of the world and then come back to start my life in Chicago.  Things moved so fast, and I […]

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Learning How to Remember

The news is a very fickle thing.  As an old journalism adage goes, “If it bleeds, it leads.” I understand this.  The news is constantly changing.  Journalists are attempting to accurately record history as it unravels.  It simply isn’t possible to cover every story out there. What bothers me, however, is that once a certain time […]

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Train Stories #2: The Man Without a Violin

                                                                  (Namerikawa train station) My initial train story was about a Japanese man from Chiba visiting Toyama just after the earthquake and tsunami in March. On Monday, I had another interesting train encounter, though this time with an American man in Toyama for the summer. It is not often you see a foreigner in Toyama […]

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