A Bridge Across Time

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Nagasaki’s Megane-bashi (Spectacles Bridge) got its name from the way the reflection of its double arches in the river combine with the bridge itself to look like a pair of glasses. In addition to its historical … [Read more...]

Surviving Sports Festival

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In Japan, summer’s end ushers in a nationwide school tradition. Students, teachers, family, and other guests gather for a day of outdoor events known as undoukai (運動会) or sports festival. Undoukai offers something for … [Read more...]

Japan is Sinking! Or is It?

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Many people believe that there is a distinct possibility that Japan will one day sink into the ocean. Japan is an island nation, and there is scientific proof that continents much larger than Japan have indeed sunk into … [Read more...]

How to Get a Job in Japan

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This Monday I wrote a post entitled 5 Reasons You Shouldn’t Major in Japanese (and 2 You Might Consider It). This post is a follow up to that. A lot of people want to know about the best ways to get over to Japan and the … [Read more...]