Firework Fantastics
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Firework Fantastics

By Peter Underwood In England, fireworks are associated with two main occasions – Bonfire Night and New Year’s. In America, it’s the 4th of July (yeehaw!). In Japan, it gets associated with an entire season. Summer may have gone, but maybe thinking about big explosions will keep the chill at bay just a little longer. Continue reading

Pumpkin Pondering
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Pumpkin Pondering

By Peter Underwood No one entered last month’s trivia – which means the odds of your winning are even higher this time!  For some of you, the spookiest month is starting. For others, it’s a time to avoid Starbucks until the threat of pumpkin flavouring has passed. I’m definitely in the latter camp, so I’m … Continue reading

Movie Madness
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Movie Madness

By Peter Underwood Second semester is starting, and although it’s the busiest, I hope you all find time to relax. Listen to music, draw pictures, go out with friends – take some time for yourself. And hey, while you’re doing that, how about checking out your local movie theater – or failing that, these cool … Continue reading

Contest Conundrums
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Contest Conundrums

By Peter Underwood With the middle school sports competitions fast approaching (or already over) across the prefecture, I’ve been thinking about school sports back in England – i.e. no big competitions, only occasional weekend matches and silly sports days, with egg and spoon and three-legged races. “Japan can seem pretty wacky at times”, I thought, … Continue reading

Mascot Mayhem
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Mascot Mayhem

By Peter Underwood The humidity is finally hitting Aomori. Temperatures are on the rise, weather is volatile and unpredictable, and the sweat is starting to form on our brows. However, when I think back about the hottest summer moments, in the unairconditioned staff room frantically waving a fan at my face, I always make sure … Continue reading

Grammanagrams!
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Grammanagrams!

By Peter Underwood We’re mixing it up this month at Trivia Trap, with a slightly different format. This month, there will be no straight questions – instead, you’ll have to hunt down various grammatical things, collect letters from them, and then rearrange them into the word I’m looking for! Good luck! Continue reading