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Sumo 相撲

As many of you may not know, back in early January I joined the Hiroshima University Sumo Team after I heard how fun it was from two of my American friends who had both joined the team prior to me. After starting practice, I realized not only is it a once in a life time opportunity to practice sumo in Japan, it’s also a great chance to practice Japanese, and ONE HELL OF A WORKOUT, the only reason professional Sumo are so huge, is because they eat nearly 3 times […]

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Trip to Vietnam

Hello all! I know I’ve been getting quite behind with my blog posts, and I thought I’d take a little break from mid-term studying to try to catch up a bit. So as I may have mentioned before, at the end of March, my father and I took a trip together to Vietnam. At first I wasn’t too happy as my journey from Hiroshima to Hanoi, Vietnam would take about 34 hours, with 27 of those being in layovers. However, I was up for the challenge. My experiences in the […]

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長崎の旅行

Hello all, I’m going to try to keep this one short and sweet as I’ve written nearly 50 pages of podcasts this week, and I’m definitely getting sick of typing all the time. So… after landing in Fukuoka, Japan (coming back from Korea) I spent the night in a hotel on Wednesday before heading off to Nagasaki on Thursday. My friends Zeze, Justin, and I met up at Fukuoka station on Thursday afternoon to get on the train together as we were all coming from different places. After about a […]

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Korea

Day One Friday Nicolas (my friend from France) and I arrived at Seoul Incheon airport at about 1:30 in the afternoon and immediately starting searching for wifi so we could figure out how to meet up with our Korean friends. After making it to Seoul Station, we were quickly greeted by our friends Kwanghee and Kyoung Jo (both attend Hiroshima Univ.) who helped us buy re-loadable train cards  and find our Airbnb. Although Jo had to leave for other plans, Kwanghee stuck with us for the night to show us […]

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白馬八方尾根

Quick update for ya, last week another American friend and I headed towards Nagano (home of the 1998 winter Olympics) to go skiing/ snowboarding for a few days. Ever since I started learning Japanese in high school its been one of my dreams to snowboard in the Japanese Alps, so being able to cross this off of my bucket list was definitely a treat. Our travel started with a plane ride from Hiroshima to Tokyo, followed by a bullet train to Nagano and then a bus to the village of […]

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End of the semester/ Quick update

I see that once again it’s been quite a while since my last post so just wanted to give a quick update during my study break. It’s currently Sunday afternoon here in Hiroshima and my semester ends on Wednesday. As the Japanese school calendar is different from ours in America, a university’s 2nd semester ends in February with the following school year’s 1st semester starting up in April. So, although I’m here for an entire academic year, I am technically here for 2nd semester of one school year, and the […]

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Christmas with the Aminpours

Happy New Year! It’s been quite a while since my last post, but with the holiday’s and New Years being over with, I finally have some time to sit down and write. As many of you may already know, I was lucky enough to have my family visit Japan over winter break. From Hiroshima to Saijo, Tokyo, Yokohama and Kyoto, we had ourselves quite a busy 10 days, but they were sure worth it. Of course a trip to Hiroshima isn’t complete without a visit to Itsukushima Shrine on famous […]

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Onomichi 尾道

Hello again! Just a quick update on life, mainly my excursion last weekend to Onomichi. Last Sunday (November 29th) I few of my friends and I tagged along with the Hiroshima University group, NOIE, to go visit the town of Onomichi which is about 1 hour away from our campus by train. Onomichi sits on the Inlet of the Japanese Sea and is known for its; great view and its’ ramen. Unlike my recent trip to Miyajima, since there were a few elders along with us on this trip, we […]

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Mt. Misen and Carp Day

Hello again! Sorry to keep y’all waiting, but another great weekend is in the books. This past Saturday (the 21st of November), after meeting up at the ungodly hour of 7am, a group of about 20+ friends and I from the いきいき健康 ventured to Miyajima for the fall festival and to climb to the top of Mt. Misen. The journey up to the top is about 3km, so while it took us only a little longer than 90 minutes to reach the top, our legs were definitely tingling once we […]

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HiroDai Matsuri and More

Greetings! I see that once again it’s been a while since my last post, so I figure now is as good a time as any to share my latest endeavors.  This past weekend (Nov. 7th and 8th) I had the opportunity to participate in the Hiroshima University (HiroDai) festival or go to a homestay a few towns over. Seeing that I’ve already done four different homestays in Japan, I decided that I wanted to see what a Japanese college festival was like. The festival was somewhat similar to homecoming, but […]

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Quite the weekend to remember

A couple of weeks ago my friend Justin and I decided that it’d be fun to go to Tokyo for Halloween, as Tokyo is said to be the only place in Japan that really celebrates Halloween. So after booking our tickets and our Airbnb, we were ready to go this past Friday (October 30th). Seeing that neither of us have classes on Fridays, we chose the earliest flight we could get in order to get to Tokyo as soon as possible. We were super surprised to find out that that […]

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Sumo and more

Hello all, I see it’s been quite a while since my latest post so I think it’s time to give a little bit of an update. The last two weeks have kept me pretty busy with school, work, and still trying to have a social life. I now work at both the English speaking cafe, and I am helping out a professor here at HU who did his undergrad at (believe it or not) UW-Riverfalls, who needs native English speakers to help him out with writing a few pod-casts for […]

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Sake Festival Weekend 酒祭りの週末

WOW! This weekend has by far been the best one yet. On Fridays I only have one class that ends at noon, so after a bit of deciding what we should do Friday night, my friends Justin, Remco and I decided to head to Hiroshima-City again to get Justin a work permit at the government building and then grab something to eat. We got to the government building a little bit after 4:30pm hoping that the office would still be open, only to find out that the Ministry of Justice […]

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Payroll

Quick but exciting update…! I found a job at a local English cafe teaching English for about 4 hours a week! The cafe is so much fun! Today (Thursday) was my first day, and I spent my first 90 minutes teaching private lessons to two Japanese middle school students. It’s interesting seeing how difficult English can be for someone as I grew up speaking it. I guess they must know how I feel about Japanese! This weekend is the Saijo Sake Matsuri (festival) and I could not be any more […]

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やっと!(Finally)

Greetings, It’s a little before 2:00pm here on Monday afternoon and I finally have my own wifi set up in my room. This past week has been quite a blast so here’s a quick update! Thursday was the first day of classes here at H.U., However, the HUSA students are allowed to try classes out for about a week before deciding whether or not to enroll in the class. I went to a Japanese culture class but after realizing that I’ve taken (pretty much) that exact same class already in […]

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