Japan

I was on Japanese Ninja Warrior (Sasuke 32)

Earlier this year, I competed on the TV show Japanese Ninja Warrior, also known as Sasuke (this year was Sasuke 32). Sasuke is a 4-stage, timed obstacle course in Japan. This year, there were 89 men and 11 women (100 total). I was contestant number [...]

9 November, 2016 // 2 Comments

Top 10 Things to do in Miyajima, Hiroshima

I just got back from a week long trip through Tokyo, Hiroshima, and Ehime. One of the (many) highlights of the trip was the famous island of Miyajima. Why is it famous? Well, mainly because of the historic significance, natural beauty, and [...]

14 July, 2016 // 0 Comments

Hikone Castle: A fun day trip in the Shiga Prefecture

I’ve been to a lot of castles in Japan. Some I’ve written about (like Matsumoto Castle, back in 2013)  but most end up in the thousands of backlogged photos I have optimistically squirreled away hoping to “blog about it [...]

23 May, 2016 // 12 Comments

8 Useful Japanese Words & Phrases you DON’T Learn in Class

I moved to Japan with a couple years of Japanese under my belt (after having taken a couple semesters of Japanese languages classes at 2 universities in America and one in Tokyo) and an annoyingly optimistic attitude that I would become fluent in no [...]

2 May, 2016 // 46 Comments

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