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Quirky Akita

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The Top 25 Reverse Culture Shocks

The thoughts of a third-year ALT upon returning to the American South. //By Ashley Hinkleman// Reverse Culture Shock #1: Why is everyone speaking English? Reverse Culture Shock #2: Why does no one understand me when I speak Japanese? I tried to explain a game to my four-year-old niece, and when she didn’t understand, I started explaining … Continue reading

Dance of the Fire-Swingers

// by Jessie Fast // When the term “fire-swinging festival” is being thrown around (no pun intended), it’s only natural to feel intrigue, followed quickly by an overwhelming desire to participate. Hiburi Kamakura Matsuri, perhaps better translated as the “fire dance festival,” is held every February in downtown Kakunodate in celebration of the lunar new … 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

Of Hippies, Music and Broken Tents

// by Katie Yantzi // It’s just after dark in a secluded mountain forest. The hum of guitars and various percussion instruments carries through the muggy air. All of the tents in the clearing beyond the stage have been pitched – except ours.  “Nani?!” Apparently we’ve come camping with tent poles that are actually just … Continue reading

Conquering Your Fears: the Wonder Castle Way

// by Katie Yantzi // I like to think of myself as being somewhat adventurous. However, I must admit I am a bit fearful of heights. More specifically, I’m afraid of unmitigated plunging drops. Naturally, I thought that trying the Namahage Power Slide at Yokote’s Wonder Castle was a suitable form of entertainment. Wonder Castle itself is … Continue reading