Best snow you can find

I commend Hokkaido for its beautiful scenery and lovely snow. It is indeed the best place to ski, and has the most friendly people you could ever meet. Club Med

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Lessons from Japan

Japan and I, we’ve had our ups and downs. Our journey together started back in February of 2005 and although I left her shores in June 2010, my deep love

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Yamadera Report

2012/11/07 – Yamadera Report by sean It was a good trip to Yamadera Temple today. The temple is one of the most important in the Tohoku Region, with a history

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Settling into Japanese life

The most important thing I have learnt about Japanese life so far is that it’s probably not a good idea to try to ride a fairly old “mama-chari” (or bicycle

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Back into the swing of things

All good things come to an end, as the saying goes. And sadly October brings the end of my super-duper, fantastic summer tour of Japan. I really can’t speak highly

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Yuki Matsuri!!!!!

OOOOHHH what an adventure we had at this years Yuki Matsuri, meaning “Snow Festival” in Japanese. A few things to preface this blog entry. I have a teacher at one

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Yuki Matsuri

Before I left for Japan, my Uncle bought me a book entitled “1000 Places to See Before You Die.” Although a bit overwhelming (as I want to see them all!)

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Cherry Blossoms 2013: Hirosaki Report (5/2)

2013/05/02 – Hirosaki Report by sean Main keep, inner moat and Gejyobashi Bridge Today I visited Hirosaki in Aomori Prefecture, home of Hirosaki Castle and its park – one of

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Sapporo’s Yuki Matsuri! (Snow Festival)

I just had one of my greatest weekends in Japan at the Snow Festival (Yuki Matsuri) in Sapporo, Hokkaido! The festival started 57 years ago, when a group of students

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Shishido Sensei- a teacher unselfishly offering her love

I watched as Shishido Sensei slowly but purposely lifted the hishaku (bamboo ladle) out of the kettle three-quarters full of hot water and gracefully poured it into the waiting chawan

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