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The Breakfast of Champions

The Breakfast of Champions

I eat cereal almost every morning for breakfast because it’s cheap and requires minimal effort. I always stick with the same cereal brand and they release new mixes every once in a while. Their cereal always a blend of oats, nuts, and dried fruit. The last one I purchased was a sweet potato autumn mix, which was really delicious. Unfortunately, they didn’t have it anymore when it was time to restock. Instead, I bought one that looked like an autumn…

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Break the Glass Ceiling

Break the Glass Ceiling

In recent weeks I’ve noticed more and more the gender inequality in Japan and the role that woman are expected to play. The Japanese workplace is still very much a male driven place. At the three schools I visit on a weekly basis, about half of the teachers are male. In the States I did encounter make teachers in high school, and at university most my professors were male. However, in elementary school the only make teacher was the art…

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When Did Winter Arrive?

When Did Winter Arrive?

I’m sure at some point in time I complained about the hot Tokyo summers. Well, I take it all back now. I want the sun and blistering heat back. It beats the cold, rainy days we’ve been having all this week. Seriously though, what is up with this weather, Tokyo? Last Thursday I was sweating on a beautiful 25 degree sunshine day. However Friday dragged along winter. We completely skipped Autumn and the cool weather it brings. Instead, winter is…

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Rain Rain Go Away

Rain Rain Go Away

Am I the only one that was blissfully unaware of how much it rains in Tokyo? The sad part is prior to moving here I traveled around for a month. Guess what, it rained most of the days I was here! Anyway, a month or so ago I finally accepted that Tokyo is a rainy city. There are definitely more rainy days than sunny days. I don’t think that knowing this ahead of time would have changed my mind on…

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Shake, Shake, Shake

Shake, Shake, Shake

If you suspect this post is about milkshakes your e going to be sorely disappointed. Two nights ago I felt my first earthquake since moving to Tokyo. I’m sure everyone is aware that Japan is earthquake prone and one can frequently feel small earthquakes. However, I’ve been here four months and never felt the finest inclination of subterranean vibration. Well, until the early morning hours this past Wednesday.  It was about 2 am when all of a sudden I wake…

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I Have a History of Taking Off My Shirt

I Have a History of Taking Off My Shirt

It’s been one week. One week since I saw my last cockroach. Now, one week may not seem that long, but considering I was seeing two cockroaches per day, I consider one week a vast improvement. However, I think it’s premature to think they are gone for good, but I sincerely hope they are. Last week was a nightmare. As you know I spent the better part of Sunday fortifying my apartment. However, afterwards, the gokiburi situation seemed to get…

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Cock-a-Roaches on My Shoes, Make Me Want to Bust a Move

Cock-a-Roaches on My Shoes, Make Me Want to Bust a Move

“He who is not everyday conquering some fear has not learned the secret of life.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson When I was a freshman in high school, some orchestra friends and I created a hand slap game (think “Down by the banks of the hanky panky). Through the years, I forgot some of the lines, but the last line remains vividly engraved in my memory. It’s also this post’s title. However, this post is not a detailed retelling of my…

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Yummy in my Tummy

Yummy in my Tummy

I just finished eating lunch and before I start studying, I must share my newest obsession with you. It’s the very first dish that I cooked in my new apartment. I had never cooked it before, and it was delicious. Now, I cook it once a week. It’s super easy to make, cheap, and fast. What is this mystery meal? Mushroom pasta carbonara. Now, don’t judge me; I never said it was a Japanese dish. Of course I love Japanese…

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The Start of Something Great

The Start of Something Great

I know I said it was one of my resolutions to blog more often. Unfortunately, I haven’t really blogged since I made that my resolution. Trust me, you’re not the only disappointed one, especially since I started the year with one weekend adventure after the next. I traveled every weekend of January and loved every moment of it. I’ll post about it eventually. Actually, I’ll make that my goal for this week because I will have plenty of time off…

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Out with the Old, In with the New: Reflections on 2016

Out with the Old, In with the New: Reflections on 2016

Happy New Year, Everyone! Gosh, it’s hard to believe that another year has flown by! Not only that but we are almost half way through the first month of the new year (and that I’m still working on this post)! This year is already flying by. Is it me or does every year fly by faster than the last? It’s mid-January and I haven’t even started my resolutions. Yes, I made some, but I feel like I’ve been so busy…

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