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Photo Friday: A Penis Shrine in Japan

Photo Friday: A Penis Shrine in Japan

Sex or any sex-related subjects are almost never discussed in Japan.  I’ve never even heard any Japanese people (in Japan) make a penis joke or any kind of sex joke.  Most of my adult students were utterly horrified when I had…

Photo Friday: Japanese Countryside Bridge and Castle in Iwakuni

Photo Friday: Japanese Countryside Bridge and Castle in Iwakuni

Iwakuni – 岩国 – is a small city in Yamaguchi Prefrecture with a beautifully reconstructed countryside bridge and castle.  It’s really off the beaten path, but Iwakuni’s accessible via the Shinkansen.  It was a peaceful escape from reality, and it’s an…

Photo Friday: Japan’s Largest Graveyard

Photo Friday: Japan’s Largest Graveyard

Japan’s largest graveyard, called Oku no In (奥の院), is one of the most peaceful places I’ve ever visited.  It’s about 50km away from Osaka atop the sacred mountain of Koyasan (高野山), or Mount Koya, in Wakayama.  If you walk, it’ll take…

Photo Friday: I’m Really in Japan

Photo Friday: I’m Really in Japan

Six years ago yesterday, September 8th, I landed in Japan for the first time, and I had my I’m really in Japan moments.  I’d been waiting my whole life to see Japan, although I never thought that my first Japanese…

Photo Friday: Samurai Home Life

Photo Friday: Samurai Home Life

With the response to last week’s Photo Friday post about Toronto’s Gibson House Museum, it dawned on me that giving you a look into samurai home life would pique your interest.  I have yet to meet a person who didn’t…

Teaching English in Japan and Russia…So Far

Teaching English in Japan and Russia…So Far

Teaching English in Japan and Russia (so far) like anything else, have their similarities and differences that are rooted in culture.  Of course, I can’t comment on teaching English in Russia the way I can about teaching English in Japan…

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