Dewey – Book Review

Goodreads summary: How much of an impact can an animal have? How many lives can one cat touch? How is it possible for an abandoned kitten to transform a small library, save a classic American town, and eventually become famous around the world? You can’t even begin to answer those questions until you hear the […]

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Nail Art in Japan

This is my last week in Japan, but I just couldn’t leave without seeing my nail artist again, so I got them done yesterday. I’ve always loved doing my nails, ever since I started painting them to break my (once) bad habit of biting them. Now even if my nails aren’t polished, I try to […]

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The Teacher’s Room Makes Me Crazy

As an introvert, I hate the layout of the teacher’s room. No matter where you go in Japan (and many parts of Asia) though, you will find that open work spaces are the standard. As an introvert, I have so many problems with the spaces I work in but thankfully I am leaving soon, so now I can air […]

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JLPT N1

I did it! I finally marked off one of my New Year’s resolutions! I took the highest level (N1) of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) for the second time last weekend. The first time I took the test, I had been studying abroad in Kyoto for about a year, taking classes all in Japanese and participating […]

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It’s Just a Game, Kids.

Yesterday I was at work during the Women’s World Cup Final between USA and Japan, but I was really interested to see who would win, since I am an American living in Japan. I know a lot of expats who live here either cheered for Japan or expressed that they would be happy no matter […]

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Golden Week in Korea

I already posted about the most important thing that happened to me while I was in South Korea over Golden Week, my engagement! But here is all the other cool stuff I did! When I first arrived in Busan, it was about 11am and I was hauling a huge suitcase which weighed about 80lbs. In […]

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Korea: The Impossible Country – Book Review

Goodreads Summary: Long overshadowed by Japan and China, South Korea is a small country that happens to be one of the great national success stories of the postwar period. From a failed state with no democratic tradition, ruined and partitioned by war, and sapped by a half-century of colonial rule, South Korea transformed itself in […]

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