This past week I was invited to attend a ceremony commemorating the construction of a new house. Houses are pretty important in Japan. Traditionally, families tend to stay on the same land for generations. With today’s technology, houses are also expected to last a long time. The construction of a new house, then is an important occasion for the family, community, and even the construction crew responsible for its creation. When the concrete settles, an event is held to make
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It’s Thursday, so that means I’ve enjoyed another week of great school lunches. This week I was at all junior highs so they didn’t over fill my plates. On my island, all the food for elementary and junior high schools are prepared at one central location, then trucked to each school. Every school gets a trolley with sets of containers for each grade. Homeroom teachers’ food is included with their students’, but the rest of us have a separate teachers’
This is a continuation of the exploration of Japanese Culture by examining the major appliances we use every day. Stoves If you’ve ever been in a Japanese kitchen, one of the most obvious differences you’ll find is the stove. In just about every American house I’ve seen, the ranges are large with at least four burners. Electric is probably dominate, but there are areas where gas is used instead. Nowadays they are often more likely to be flat panel warmers
The fluid change between in and out can be hard for the un-indoctrinated to follow, yet at its most simplistic, ie is whoever you feel is part of your “group” at any given time.
This is an article I wrote for the “Comfort” Issue of the YAK, the 3 times a year publication done by and for Okinawa Prefecture ALTs from the JET programme. I have been in Japan for nearly two and a half years, and in that time I have gone home twice. In total, I have been out of the country for all of maybe 20 days. Since I have been here I have never had to take byokyu (well, up