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The First Environmentalist

// by Tadaya Iwaya // Mt.Chokai suddenly exploded and collapsed between autumn and winter in 466 BC. It is said that 6 billion tons of earth and detritus collapsed on the north side of the mountain. Hundreds of cedars that were about one meter in diameter tumbled down the mountain with their roots intact. It … Continue reading

Rescued by Monks: My First Experience with Zen Meditation

// by Gavin Fisher // “Hello,” said the burly Japanese man standing in front of me. “Are you interested in Zen meditation?” It was one of my first weeks teaching at an elementary school out in the countryside in Yashima, a small town on the outskirts of Yurihonjo. I was in a field near the … Continue reading

A Sake-Filled Festival

// By Gavin Fisher // Going to a local festival is one of the best ways to experience Japanese culture  – as anyone living or traveling in Japan can tell you. Cities have festivals that display their own unique history and traditions, and little neighbourhoods will often also hold their own festivals. For the past few years, the ALTs in Yurihonjo have had … Continue reading