Japan

Ashikaga Takauji-ko Half Marathon

November 6, 2017
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This weekend, I ran my first race since returning to Japan seven months ago. How do events in Japan differ from those in the US?
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Training for a Marathon in Japan

October 25, 2017
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Running is incredibly popular in Japan, but that's not the reason why the country is better for me in terms of training for a marathon.
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Most Dreamers Don’t Succeed

October 11, 2017
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A splash of cold water right in the face to anyone who thinks they're going to be a moviestar, an Instagram model, or the next big sensation in any field.
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My Response to Unpaid Overtime in Japan

September 25, 2017
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The reason I oppose unpaid overtime in Japan isn't because it's time theft and highly illegal in the US, but contributes to the major problems facing the country today.
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Foreigners in Japan are Helpers, Nothing More

September 21, 2017
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As an expat in Japan, do you just keep your head down and do your job, stifling your soul but enjoying the benefits of living in a safe and prosperous country, or take a stand and try to be a leader in a system that wasn’t designed for you?
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What Would Happen if I didn’t Renew my Contract in Japan?

September 18, 2017
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Pondering the different paths my life could take in the next few weeks as I decide to stay on in Japan another year, leave to work freelance, or make some attempt at living in San Francisco.
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Japan Lesson: Going Overboard with Idle Comments

September 7, 2017
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Hospitality in Japan is one thing, but what should you do when everyone around you takes everything you say as a call to action?
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Making New Friends in Japan: Next to Impossible

August 24, 2017
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I've been in Japan for about five months, but I've been a traveler for years. Some of my experience may benefit newbies considering leaving friendships in favor of adventure.
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Thoughts on Order in the Japanese Classroom

June 1, 2017
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Are Japanese classrooms nothing but teachers administering corporal punishment and students sitting quietly?
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In Japan, Sometimes You’re a Toddler

May 25, 2017
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Little things have cropped up this week after two months in the country. I won’t say they’ve gotten me down, because I was aware of them and had experienced them before, but I certainly wouldn’t label them as positive experiences.
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