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?”