Living in Japan as an International student has its own advantages. We get invited by the Prefectural offices to visit towns as a monitor tour, sometimes we get to teach English to high school students, we get the opportunity to experience unique services & facilities that have been introduced for the first time & also… Read More One day at Watari – the city of apples, strawberries & shrines
Unable to sleep because we had an early night, I tossed and turned sighing. B was awake too but trying to sleep. We started talking and one thing led to another. Soon we were talking about how far we’d go to chase our dreams. B had his opinions and so did I. I talked about… Read More What to do next when your dreams are fulfilled?
I have always wondered what horse races would be like. The movies I watched showed horse races as a luxury sport for the rich. Men and women clad in their best attire would shout and scream for the horses they bet on. One of the Korean movies I watched, showed a man losing his entire… Read More Fukushima Horse Festival: Nomaoi Matsuri
Prologue I have always had this fascination for hiking. My earliest memories of hiking are the days when my family lived in the Shiga Prefecture of Japan and we would go hiking in the nearby mountains like Mt.Hira. Back in those days, my father had befriended a Japanese man – Kido-san who would organize frequent one-day… Read More Head over Hills – Mt. Adatara
To be honest, I am happy with plastic chopsticks and bowls. I never understood why people would be interested in paying a small fortune to get good quality wares when the plastic ones look exactly the same (and sometimes, much better)! Hence, when I had the opportunity to paint my own chopsticks by lacquer I… Read More Paint Your Chopsticks At Appi-Nuri Lacquerware, Hachimantai City
I never thought I’d go to a mixed outdoor bath. But when I went to Toshichi Onsen, I knew this was one of those rare opportunities I had to grab to soak in the free, wild bath amidst nature. Located at an altitude of 1400 metres Toishichi Onsen is the highest onsen in Tohoku region.… Read More Bare Amongst Nature – Toshichi Onsen
Originally published in Go!Go!Tohoku When one of our Japanese friends invited us to her place, we gladly accepted since we were looking for ways to relax from our hectic schedule. As an International Student here in Japan, it is always nice to have some Japanese friend. We get to practice Japanese, know about the inside… Read More Opening of the Souma Line at Fukushima
The autumn colours are wonderful in Japan. For someone who doesn’t have “autumn” back at home, I was thrilled to see autumn in Japan. Here are some of the pictures taken around the trails of Mt. Adatara at Fukushima Prefecture.
On 30th October, Sunday, we went hiking at Mt. Azuma at Fukushima prefecture. As usual, my Mori group volunteer – a hiking enthusiast, Yoko-san invited us for the adventure. We have a group of MEXT students (very international – from the UK, Malaysia, Philippines, Kenya, and Brazil ) who like outdoor activities and often go hiking together.… Read More Hiking to Azuma