Americantics
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Americantics

By Natalie Laber This past winter, for the first time since I began my tenure on JET, I returned for the holidays to my native shore of California. It was a welcome change in climate – from a miserable -3°C to a balmy 15° – but being home for the first time in eighteen months … Continue reading

How to be Jouzu
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How to be Jouzu

By Natalie Laber One of the beautiful things about living in Nippon is that if you can say even one word in Japanese, you are considered 上手 at 日本語. If you’re me, sometimes you even get praised for being able to speak fluent 英語 (which makes you かっこいい). All of this constant and undeserved (and … Continue reading

How About That Weather, Eh?
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How About That Weather, Eh?

By Lauren Decosta As it slowly starts to warm up, making it almost feel like spring at last, everyone is no doubt being graced with the infamous small talk about the weather. It’s an easy conversation starter, opening up the path to better communication, or so I’ve been told. Undoubtedly, after you’ve been here long enough … Continue reading

A Whale of a Tale
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A Whale of a Tale

By Ellen Fraser Column Editor: Lauren DeCosta Hello, hello, all you lovely people in Aomori-land! Thanks to GMA’s wonderful new editor in chief and his powers of persuasion, from here on I will be reviving the Japantics column as the new column editor. Which means I’ll be bringing you stories about all of the crazy things … Continue reading