JET Life

Springtime in Kansai

Last week, a few of us islanders decided to escape during "Spring Break" and visit Kansai. We booked our flights for the last week in March so we still could attend soubetsukai and see off leaving teachers, but to our surprise, our trip coincided perfectly with Hamami in Kyoto and Osaka! After 5 days of Big City traveling, I… Continue reading Springtime in Kansai

Island Life, Lifestyle Change

Chasing Rainbows and Cherry Blossoms

Yesterday I ran the Sakura Half Marathon on Amami Island, a race than Amami holds every February in the north. The marathon bears its name because the course stretches around a dam that is lined with Amami's early-blooming sakura trees. Since Amami is so far south, we get to enjoy hanami (flower viewing) almost two… Continue reading Chasing Rainbows and Cherry Blossoms