13 Things My Dad Would Have Loved About Japan

October 24th marks the day when my Dad passed away. To this day, he’s been gone for 4 years. I miss him immensely every day. He was my biggest supporter with me coming to Japan, and to live here and not be able to show him how my life has been hurts. I wish he…

10 Things from August

Begone August and your unbearable heat!! Let’s make room for FALL (because HALLOWEEN!! and KOUYOU). July was an eventful month for Trevor and I, and actually maybe the busiest period of time we’ve ever had in Japan. (Asides from getting my drivers license) So the month of August here may be not as exciting as…

10 Things from July

Ermergerd. I have officially started my third year as an ALT. In some ways, it doesn’t even feel like that amount of time has already passed. By day, the hours seem to drag on (especially around this time of the year when classes aren’t in session) but overall, two years have passed since Trevor and I have left…

Long time, no update?!

Hisashiburi! That pretty much means “long time no see.” I’ve been hearing a lot of that lately from my students and teachers alike. That’s because earlier this week, Trevor and I arrived back to the village after being away for a month to be in the States- specifically, our hometown in Minnesota. Suffice to say,…

Yellowcard Final World Tour Concert in Osaka, Japan!

Happy March!!! Wow, March already?! Yesterday was my high school’s graduation ceremony. I was running on three and a half hours of sleep. Needless to say, it was a struggle to stay awake. But the lack of sleep was so worth it because Trevor and I got to see one of our favorite bands Yellowcard…

Valentine’s Day 2017

Happy Post-Valentine’s Day! Whether you spent it alone, with friends, or with a special someone, I think one of the best things about Valentine’s Day… is chocolate. I love chocolate. I’m not a huge fan of Valentine’s Day, but I do like having an excuse to binge on chocolate treats and goodies. GIMME ALL THE…

2017 Totsukawa Ekiden!

It’s the start of the new school semester!! It felt like my winter break was too short… After I came back to work, I immediately felt the stresses of some upcoming events: the 63rd annual Totsukawa Ekiden, and a 10-minute speech that I was to prepare and present in Japanese in front of the entire school….

Japan Bucket List!

Having lived in Japan for over a year now, there are a lot of things that Trevor and I have done, and a lot of things that we haven’t experienced yet that we would like to hopefully achieve one day. Since the New Year is coming up, I thought it would be a good idea…

JET Program 20 Questions

It’s already October! Halloween will be here shortly. Then Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years… Time seems to go by quicker and quicker with each year… Since the school year has started, classes have kept me busy! Not that I’m complaining- I love spending time with the students and seeing them learn new things and enjoying…