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

Easing into the Waters

Except two from my NaNoWriMo novel.  Copyright 2011 Bahia Simons-Lane This is a continuation of the first excerpt, which you can read here. I woke up much later to a darkened apartment, still feeling alone and hungry.  I went to the convenience store behind my apartment and got something to eat.  This small act made … Continue reading

Dreaming of Electricity

Except from my NaNoWriMo novel.  Copyright 2011 Bahia Simons-Lane I was sitting in a car in Gunma Prefecture staring at the scenery rushing by.  It was unfamiliar and exotic; rice fields submersed partially in water and mountains on the horizon.  The journey to my own new home was almost complete and the adrenaline I had … Continue reading

JNTO Seeks to Offer 10,000 Free Tickets to Japan

There is an incredible opportunity in the works with JNTO requesting funds for 10,000 free roundtrip tickets to Japan.  This comes in the wake of the severe drop in tourism that has been experienced by Japan since the tsunami and earthquake devastated the country, particularly because of radiation concerns. If this does indeed go through … Continue reading

#Quakebook Now Available in Print Wordwide

#Quakebook, which I blogged about recently (#quakebook – A Twitter-sourced Charity Book for Japan) just announced the release of the print editions of the book.  I already bought the digital version, but I’d really like to get my hands on the bilingual Japanese-English version available on Amazon.co.jp. The press release regarding the conversion to print is … Continue reading