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Ferries Between Japan and Korea

October 21, 2010
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Ferries Between Japan and Korea

Why travel by ferry when there are other options? Cruises. Flying. For me, it comes to comfort. Ferries take a little longer, but there’s more amenities on longer trips, like table tennis. And even if the ride is longer than a few hours, the overall commute is just… well, easier. Consider someone in Seoul...
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Noticing Immediate Differences: Japan and Korea

October 6, 2010
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Noticing Immediate Differences: Japan and Korea

I’m sitting at one of Fukuoka city’s famous yatai: a food stall lining the river, usually stocking fresh ramen or sushi. This time, as I perch myself on one of the red stools and start slurping loud enough to attract the attention of Japanese, it’s as though I’m settling into a warm bath. With...
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Climbing Mt. Fuji in the Off Season

October 1, 2010
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Climbing Mt. Fuji in the Off Season

I’m walking down the Subashiri Trail on the east face well after the sun has set. Unlike knowledgeable hikers, I hold no rain gear, nor a decent flashlight; fortunately, I planned my ascent around the full moon, and, being a clear night, this light is more than enough to guide me. My feet slide...
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Five “Hello”s

September 13, 2010
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Five “Hello”s

I was walking through Juk-byeon (줔변), a town relatively close to Bugu, having completed a solid beach run and just killing time window shopping before the next local bus arrived. I had been in this area before, but only in the evening and only briefly on the streets; a few English teachers host a...
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Differences in Learning English

September 12, 2010
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Differences in Learning English

The idea of escaping one’s national economy to go teach English in Asia is nothing new; I don’t why it’s been getting such attention lately, but I might as well put more information out there. Of course there are differences in the way children learn English, just their countries offer unique cultures. With each...
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What is it with Dokdo Island?

August 31, 2010
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What is it with Dokdo Island?

I’m going to get in trouble with this entry no matter what, so I better check all my facts. It’s worth mentioning that during my two years in Japan, I never heard mention of Dokdo Island (독도 or Takeshima, 竹島, as it is known in Japan), though I did hear about disputed territory north...
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Then and Now: Japan and Korea

August 28, 2010
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Then and Now: Japan and Korea

To anyone who’s been following my posts the past few week, I’m sure it’s immediately obvious I have a tendency to compare my time in Korea with that of Japan. After all, this is the second time I’ve signed up for a year’s contract to teach English in Asia, and since I’ll be “settled”...
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Between Busan and Hakata

August 23, 2010
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Between Busan and Hakata

My plans to visit Japan over Chuseok holiday are underway. Best of all, thanks to my quick response to a ryokan owner in Nikko, I will be able to stay in the Japanese countryside with all expenses paid for two days. So what’s the plan? September 18th Leave Bugu by bus and head to...
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Around Town: Bugu-ri and Uljin-gun

August 21, 2010
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Around Town: Bugu-ri and Uljin-gun

It occurs to me that every last expat on the planet has it easy now compared to, say, thirty years ago. Using Facebook to keep in touch with friends back home. Using Skype to call family. Googling the definition of a foreign word we learn. If I had been confined to Bugu in the...
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Omakase: My Sushi Go 55 Experience

February 6, 2010
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Omakase: My Sushi Go 55 Experience

“We’re just watching you; this is better than Survivor.” The two men and single woman sitting at the end of the bar to my right had a point, I thought. After all, I had eaten many strange things in my line of travel work – semi-poisonous blowfish, octopus with mayonnaise and fried batter, the...
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