JET30 Reunion: Enduring Connections

A few weeks ago I walked into the lobby of the Omni Shoreham hotel, a luxury hotel located nestled just off of Connecticut Ave NW in Woodley Park. I was there to attend the JET30 Reunion, a celebration of the JET Program’s 30th year. JET stands for Japan Exchange and Teaching Program, a Japanese governmental program … Continue reading

Neil Gaiman at Temple Judea

Not too long ago I had the opportunity to see Neil Gaiman speak at the Temple Judea in Miami as part of an event hosted by the fabulous local bookstore, Books and Books. I arrived at the event about 20 minutes before the start and it was packed. I shouldn’t have been surprised, given his … Continue reading

Why I Love the Olympics (but hate the NBC coverage)

I love watching the Olympics.  I’m not usually a sport fan.  I watch the World Cup every four years, and other than that the Olympics are it.  I don’t have any local sports teams that I root for, and I find most popular sports in the United States fairly boring.  But the Olympics is about … Continue reading

Gunmania 2008: Spring Issue (vol 2)

The magazine I write for has just come out with it’s spring issue, so check it out. This magazine is a quarterly publication about Gunma Prefecture (群馬県), where I currently live. In this issue: -Running (And Cycling) For A Cause by Erin Kessler -Great Japan Beer Festival by Bahia Simons-Morton -Gunma Public: Teacher Dorama by … Continue reading

Great Japan Beer Festival

My first reaction when I heard about the Great Japan Beer Festival during Golden Week was, “Awesome, I like beer! Let’s go!” My second impression, after viewing the poorly designed and amateurish website was, “On second thought, this website is really lame. Maybe we shouldn’t go…” In the end, however, we spontaneously went to Tokyo … Continue reading