Public Art

日本語 Public art is art that is installed and displayed in public spaces, paid for by the government or donated. Public art is everything from statues and sculptures, to murals, to fountains that double as hydraulophones. The public art movement began in Sweden and the United States, spread to France, and is now strong in... Continue Reading →


Happy New Year

日本語 Happy New Year, everyone! It has been so long since our last post. Sorry for keeping you all waiting. During our hiatus, a lot has been happening at the schools. Here's a glimpse of some of the events that were held with the kids since our last update in August. In September, the kindergartens... Continue Reading →

Transportation in Japan

日本語 I had to start driving just a few days after I came to Japan. I was really expecting driving to be very different and scary, but I was surprised by how many things are the same. However, some of the differences are pretty cool. And some of the biggest differences between driving in America... Continue Reading →

My Dogs

日本語 My family loves dogs.  Over the course of my life, we have had many, many dogs.  We have had Bogie (a beagle), Whitey (a terrier and poodle mix), Chico (a something mixed breed), Homer (a German shepherd mix), CiCi (a giant schnauzer), Pebbles (a terrier and poodle mix), and now we have Benny (a... Continue Reading →

The Reason

日本語 Growing up people dream about becoming many things; some little girls want to be princesses, models, and singers while some little boys want to be super heroes, firefighters, or baseball players. Personally, I wanted to be an artist like my mother was; then a dancer, a doctor, a fashion designer, a business marketer in... Continue Reading →

Mountains in Japan

日本語 Japan has some very pretty mountains. I am from Minnesota, and while Minnesota has many trees and parks, it only has one mountain (pictured to the right). It is called Sugarloaf because the funny nub on top looks like a sugar cube. Minnesota's only mountain is very small and funny looking because a long... Continue Reading →

Ribbit, ribbit. Who am I?

日本語 At the elementary schools, we have recently wrapped up our lessons on animal sounds. It is a very fun series of lessons involving lots of games, pretending to be animals, and making all the (silly) sounds that animals make in English. Many of the animals make sounds similar to those made in Japan: Cows... Continue Reading →

The Start of A New Life

日本語 When I stepped off the plane on March 18th having successfully landed in Japan, I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect of my new life. I was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. Besides moving away for college, the only moving I had really done were to other parts of New York. With... Continue Reading →

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