By lornaleeann

A Trip to Hakone Inspired by a Lovely Photo of an Artwork in a Museum

When I made the decision to move to Japan, naturally, I went online to figure out all the things I wanted to see and do while I lived abroad. The picture below was one of the very first I Pinned. I thought that it was breathtaking and I wanted to stand in that spot and…

A Lovely Visit to Hiroshima: the Past, the Present, and the Okonomiyaki!

This month, I had an opportunity to take a trip to see some of Japan I had yet to travel to – Hiroshima, Iwakuni, and Miyajima. The weather was promising and I was eager to see some mountains and get out of the flat farming land in my prefecture. I didn’t know exactly what to…

Uncovering 3 Mythological Creatures Unique to Japan

Recently I was covering a unit in my English Listening class and the subject that was used to teach the lesson was about mythological creatures. It referred to various creatures such as the Lochness Monster, Sasquatch, and Banshee. These are some of the more well-known mythological creatures, but as with most content I use, there…

An Introduction to Persimmon, Japan’s Delicious Autumn Fruit

It’s persimmon season in Japan and if you are new to the area, you may be wondering what this strange orange fruit is. You may have such thoughts especially if this is the first time you’ve encountered this fruit that sort of looks like an orange tomato. Let me fill you in on a bit…

How to Survive the Endless Summer Heat in Japan

This is my third summer in Japan and frankly if this country was like this all year round, there is no way I would have taken the job to come. Being from the perfectly temperate region of the PNW (that’s the Pacific Northwest of the United States for the layman) I am absolutely out of…

The 7 things that you should carry at all times when living in Japan

Breaking my own cardinal rule the other day, I realized I was without half the items I rely on. With the heat in the summer months reaching up into the high 30s but the actual “feel” is in the 40s there are certain things you really shouldn’t leave without, even if only for a few…