Wallet Stolen in Japan

To anyone who reads my blog, I apologize once again for the hiatus. I was working on a post related to travel, but I decided to write about an unfortunate event that occurred to me last week instead. If you’ve glanced at the title of this post, then I’m sure you can guess what happened.Continue reading “Wallet Stolen in Japan”

Surviving in your new Japanese Workplace: Essential Phrases and Expressions

You’re planning to move to Japan and starting a new life and job overseas. Now what? The process of uprooting everything and settling down somewhere unfamiliar can feel overwhelming. Unless your Japanese is already fluent or conversational, there’s a good chance you’re lacking some key grammar and vocabulary. Even if you speak zero Japanese, learningContinue reading “Surviving in your new Japanese Workplace: Essential Phrases and Expressions”

Autumn in Japan: Experience Momiji

If you’ve managed to survive the sweltering, sticky, 蒸し暑い (mushi-atsui) Japanese summer, you’re in for a great reward. Depending on your region, the arrival of October and November means you’ll soon enjoy cooler temperatures, delicious foods, traditional festivals, and changing leaves. Seasonal treats and sweater-weather aside, the bright hues of Japan’s trees during autumn areContinue reading “Autumn in Japan: Experience Momiji”

No Cooking Necessary: How to Eat Healthy and Lose Weight in Japan

Japan is one of the healthiest nations in the world, and moving here will almost certainly alter your lifestyle for the better. The food is also incredible. Japan offers a wide range of cuisine to sample, but just like anywhere else, the nation has its fair share of unhealthy foods. Fast-food chains are increasing inContinue reading “No Cooking Necessary: How to Eat Healthy and Lose Weight in Japan”

Costco Japan Guide and Haul

  You’ve been in Japan for a few months or years now, and the novelty of everything is slowly wearing away. You’re growing tired of eating traditional Japanese food known as 和食 (washōku) and just want the taste of something familiar to comfort your palate. But to your disappointment, the import store nearest to youContinue reading “Costco Japan Guide and Haul”

How to Combat Loneliness When Living Alone

Living alone for the first time is an often overlooked but important milestone for many young people. Up until this point, you’ve most likely shared a home or apartment with family members, roommates, or even a significant other. If you went to college, even if you were lucky enough to have a private dorm room,Continue reading “How to Combat Loneliness When Living Alone”

Tips for Improving Your Health and Losing Weight in Japan

It’s no secret that the people of Japan live longer and healthier lives than the citizens of many other developed nations, and there are reasons for this that go beyond genetics. If you’ve ever wanted to change your lifestyle or shed a few pounds, moving to Japan is the perfect opportunity to focus on selfContinue reading “Tips for Improving Your Health and Losing Weight in Japan”

Hakuba Mountain Hiking: I Didn’t Make it to the Top, and That’s Ok

During one of two long weekends in September, I visited Hakuba (白馬) a popular ski resort area nestled in the Northern Alps of Nagano Prefecture. If the name sounds familiar, you may remember the town received international recognition for hosting several events during the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics. Although famous for its pristine, snowy landscapes,Continue reading “Hakuba Mountain Hiking: I Didn’t Make it to the Top, and That’s Ok”

Greetings From Japan!

Wow, I can’t believe you’re glancing through or even possibly reading my blog. Thank you! It means quite a lot to me, actually. My name is Margaret, as you probably inferred, and I work and live in Niigata City, Japan. I am employed by my local Board of Education through the Japan Exchange Teaching (JET)Continue reading “Greetings From Japan!”

Why Am I Doing This?

To answer this question, I’ll start with the most cliche quote that comes to mind. “If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you.” — Fred DeVito. I know we’ve all heard this saying before. But hey, at least I’m not quoting Ghandi. In all seriousness though, these words have stuck with me and helpedContinue reading “Why Am I Doing This?”