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Sick Masks, Snow, and a Swollen Lip

// by Katie Yantzi // The air is cold. My alarm wakes me up forty minutes earlier than usual. The white mounds outside my apartment are growing with a vengeance, getting heavier each day, and stealthily encroaching upon my parking space. My shovels stand at attention by the front door, ready for action. The seasons … Continue reading

Namahage

// by Andrew Lewis //  Nighttime slowly creeps upon your town, dark countryside of little renown. Waruigo ineega? Ageless, ragged ogres clad in straw descend the mountains for our hurrah. Nakugo ineega? Marching three and three, feet caked in snow. Through paper screens our lanterns glow. Omozi kureneega? Are you lazy? Are you selfish? Let … Continue reading

Pokara: an Inaka Multicultural Experience

// by Nikki Zywina // As much as I love Japanese food, sometimes I find myself craving something which can’t be found aboard the Kappazushi shinkansen or at the counter of my favourite ramen shop.  Thankfully, Pokara (歩空 or ポカラ) is there to help in such times. Located just off Route 107 in Yokote, Pokara … Continue reading