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Hello readers! My name is Nicole. I’m from Maine, but am currently in the process of embarking upon an adventure to teach English in Japan through the Wakakusa English Program. I’ve been fascinated by Japan since I was in first grade, so I’m really excited about fulfilling one of my lifelong dreams! I’m grateful for my family who always supports me and for God who helps me navigate this thing called life!

“It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect. He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he enables me to stand on the heights.” – Psalm 18:32-33 (NIV)






Castles and Candles

Hello readers! I’m back with another episode of my winter adventures during our long weekend in February. I posted previously about the visit my teammate and I took to Ouchijuku, an Edo-period village. What I didn’t write about is where we we went afterward… As I mentioned before, we had wandered around Ouchijuku for awhile, …


This week I interrupt the tales of my travels to bring up a new topic: Japlish. What is Japlish, you say? Well, it’s an abbreviation for Japanese English, and it refers to words and phrases that are written in English but that really don’t make sense to English speakers. Japlish can be found everywhere – …