Autumn Break: Nagano

The much-awaited autumn break during my first year of teaching in Japan¬†almost didn’t happen simply because I put my alarm on snooze and overslept.¬†Lesson learned – get out of bed at the sound of the alarm! Still dazed from my photo-finish dash to catch the bus from my apartment to Shinjuku Station, I slept through … More Autumn Break: Nagano

Tsukiji Market

A morning visit to Tsukiji Central Fish Market, the world’s largest fish market, is a must for sushi lovers. Arriving too late for the tuna auction, I made a tour of the market and found all kinds of sea creatures, big and small. If it lives in the sea, it’s probably for sale here!   … More Tsukiji Market

Mt. Takao Day Hike

Takao-san, a 599-meter mountain located west of Tokyo, is just an hour away by train. It offers nature hikes with six trails. Its chief attraction is the temple Yaku-o-in, best known for the Hiwatari Matsuri (fire-crossing ceremony), which takes place on the 2nd Sunday in March. One early autumn day, I, together with two co-teachers, … More Mt. Takao Day Hike