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My Second Year in Japan – A Photo Essay

Per my blogging tradition, below is a collection of 12 photos representing my 2012.  In general, it was a good year, but also a challenging and emotional one, where I said many goodbyes, changed jobs and moved to a different part of Japan.  I wish everyone a very prosperous and healthy 2013. あけましておめでとうございます! JANUARY Toyama is […]

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Train Stories #10: The Girl Who Looked Up

The Girl Who Looked Up With a challenging new job and new city in Japan to establish myself in, it’s been a tough few months. I like many things about Matsuyama City and Shikoku, but some days, I find myself thinking about Toyama and all that I left behind ( friends, people who I genuinely […]

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Train Stories #8: The Boy in Blue

“I am a rock. I am an island.” -Simon & Garfunkel Everything about him was blue — from the frame of his glasses to the sad, doe-eyed look in his eyes. When riding a local train recently from Naoetsu to Namerikawa — about a two-hour journey —a boy dressed in nearly all blue sat in the seat […]

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Train Stories #5: The Girls Who Screamed “Kawaii!”

Train Stories #5 – On most days,  with wild, unkept hair and pants that don’t always fit me properly, I generally think I look like a hot mess  – or a life-sized fuzzball walking down the street.  But because I am white, slender and have greenish eyes, a lot of teenage Japanese girls seem to […]

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Fukuoka’s Tsukurimon festival

One of the best parts of exploring a new culture and country is seeing things you never thought imaginable.  I encountered this feeling of awe when I took the train to Fukuoka, Toyama in September to see the Tsukurimon festival, an event devoted to creating art out of produce.  Here are some memorable pictures from the […]

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