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Jogashima Island and the Cherry Blossoms of Miura, Japan

  Miura is a city of Kanagawa Prefecture situated at the southernmost tip of the Miura Peninsula. Bordered by the Sagami Bay and the Pacific Ocean, it is one of the major fishing ports in Japan. Tuna or maguro is among Miura’s most popular catch. The city prides itself to have the freshest tuna in and around Tokyo area (although …

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Snowboarding at Hakuba Valley, Nagano, Japan

  Japan is a country where more than 70% of its area is comprised of mountains. With this topography combined with its high location in the northern hemisphere, it actually has its own version of the Alps. Termed as the Japanese Alps (Nihon Arupusu), it is composed of a series of three major mountain ranges : the…

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Hiking in Nanasawa Forest Park, Atsugi, Japan

  Parks are just about everywhere in Japan. Varrying from a small landscaped lot with a playground, to forests with towering trees and hiking trails, every city or municipality has at least one. For me, they are one of the best things about this country. After a busy week at work or just a plain stressful day, you don’t…

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Biking in Downtown Yokohama

  Just a little over a century ago, Yokohama was a small fishing village in Japan. Lying south of Tokyo and alongside the shoreline of Japan’s main island, it became one of the first ports in the country that trades to foreign lands. Today, Yokohama is one of the rapidly growing cities and is the second largest in…

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The Sun is Rising, Seize the Day!

As most of my closest friends already knew, my full-time career as an engineer has recently lead me to a major crossroad. And now, after making some very tough decisions, here I am in Japan for at least one year to practice my profession. While for some, working abroad sounds very tempting, but for me, it means…